Get a Load of These New ‘Power Rangers’ Costumes
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a campy kids TV show from the 90s with not much in the way of budget, so the costumes were cheap lycra bodysuits. The new Power Rangers movie is a big-budget reboot from Lionsgate with a big-budget, so naturally the costumes have gotten a major upgrade, and man you have got to see these things.
Entertainment Weekly has the debut of the five Power Rangers in action (and by “in action” we mean standing on a bunch of milk crates), and it’s a hoot. The article notes that the costumes you see above are actually “translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies.” Director Dean Israelite explains, “These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit.” Hmm, I’m not sure I’m getting that feeling, but at least the two female Power Rangers have boob armor!
Another quote from the article: “The spandex-free makeover also helps set the film apart from other big-screen franchises.” Really? This looks like an executive just kept saying, “More like Iron Man!” over and over again. Why do the Power Rangers now have these alien Arc reactors in their chest? That is certainly not setting this film apart from other big-screen franchises. This looks like the worst parts of every superhero costume, from Green Lantern to Spider-Man, all cobbled together into one ugly mish-mosh.
Production designer Andrew Menzies (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) seems to already admit defeat, telling EW, “You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.” Yes, it makes complete sense to take a TV show that, by its own admission, was targeted to children between the ages of 6 and 11, and try to design it for a more mature audience.
Power Rangers stars Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.
Power Rangers opens in theaters on March 24, 2017.