In this edgy, big-screen take on Saban Entertainment’s classic ’90s series, troubled teenagers Zack, Trini, Jason, Kimberly, and Billy find themselves in the middle of a mystery after they break free from Saturday school detention. Of course, what they uncover are supernatural crystals called Power Coins, which come with a unique set of abilities, like super strength and kung-fu mastery. While the teaser doesn’t show us the Power Rangers in action — except for a slight glimpse of Jason morphing into the Red Ranger at the end — it does establish director Dean Israelite’s darker tone.
Oh, and we get to see Elizabeth Banks in all of her Rita Repulsa glory:
Back in July, Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger) described the film as a “coming-of-age” story for the Power Rangers, but that doesn’t mean the movie doesn’t capture the fun of the original. In fact, among all of the teen angst and alien-fueled drama, it’s still “incredibly entertaining and fun.” (With Banks as Rita Repulsa, how could it not be?)
“There’s a lot that keeps the true essence of the original story, but it’s still relevant to now,” Becky G (Yellow Ranger) said.
So, you take the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, subtract the cheesiness, add some angst, a dash of Halsey, a pinch of Bryan Cranston, and a little romance between Jason and Kimberly (gasp) — and you get Power Rangers. Honestly, we’re so in!
Power Rangers premieres March 24, 2017.