Image Copyright Saban Entertainment, 2017
So, amidst few adverts that I could find, and to surprisingly little fanfare – probably due to it coming out less than a week after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake, Saban’s Power Rangers was released the 23rd March in the UK.
Time will tell if it does well in terms of sales or reinvigorates the franchise for a new generation, but from a purely aesthetical standpoint, it looks like a million dollars.
And, depending on how hard fans bite into the offering from Haim Saban and his motley crew of producers and directors, there may very well be more of these new Power Rangers than we expected.
Speaking to Variety ahead of the premiere, Saban mentioned how the team “already have a six-movie story arc” depending on how successful this first one proves to be.
There are rumours circulating from various sources that subsequent movies in the franchise could develop on the popular “Green With Envy” storyline which introduces everyone’s favourite Power Ranger, the Green one.
This has been seemingly backed up by an image from the movie’s Twitter account (@ThePowerRangers) which shows off Rita Repulsa’s Green Ranger helmet.
Saban mentioned how “today’s young audience is much more sophisticated” being raised on movies from the likes of Disney, Marvel, DC, and 20th Century Fox.
Saban added how “the effects are mind-boggling. So does the audience expect more? You bet they do – and they will have it.”
Time will tell if Saban’s Power Rangers proves popular enough for this supposed multi-movie franchise, but with over two decades of Power Rangers behind him, he must have done something right.
Starring Dacre Montgomery as Lee Scott/Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor/Black Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger, Becky Gomez as Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as Alpha Five, and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Saban’s Power Rangers is in cinemas everywhere now.
-James Wright, 15/05/17