Anyone born in the past twenty years knows about the Power Rangers. For those who don’t, they’re young superheroes in tights with cool weaponry and giant robots. The series follows an almost Nintendo-like formula involving teenagers being called upon to defeat an overwhelming evil. In Japan, these heroes are known as the Super Sentai. Saban used footage from Super Sentai and re-cast the heroes to make the show more acceptable to an American audience.
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the first show brought across the pond, became an instantaneous hit. It defined Saturday mornings with its monster-a-week pattern and fast-growing line of merchandise. However, this golden age of television revered by many fans has become a memory. The new Power Rangers shows simply fail to capture the same energy as its predecessor. It seems that with every iteration comes stale acting, terrible special effects, and cliché situations.
All of that is about to change—hopefully.
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is coming to the silver screen, again. Judging by the success of recent Saturday cartoons turned movies, the Power Rangers have a high chance of succeeding. Of course, to be incredibly successful, Lionsgate will have to make a film fans will want to watch. Keeping this fandom alive is Jason David Frank. Frank has been five rangers in his acting career, starring on the original show as the Green Ranger.
The Green Ranger was the first extra ranger added to the initial team. Subsequent series typically introduced a new super cool ranger, building upon the legacy left behind by the Green Ranger. Without Tommy Oliver, the show may not have done as well as it did. In fact, Frank has shown interest in reviving the series before to create a more mature version of the Green Ranger’s origin story.
According to the press release, Lionsgate intends to focus on the whole original team rather than a single Ranger; however, there is no news yet on the plot or which actors will play the roles. While a new cast is almost certain, I’m hoping some of the more active Rangers will receive homage similar to what’s done with Stan Lee in the Marvel movies.
The Power Rangers were an integral part of growing up for many. Here’s to hoping Lionsgate and Saban bring back the series with the same energy that’s been retained by its fan base.