So yesterday was a crazy day for the Power Ranger fandom. I walked into work like any other day and BOOM! (Not BOOM Comics lol) The new picture emerged online by Entertainment Weekly of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. If you haven’t seen it. Here it is.
Ok So my first reaction to this was “What the Fuck?!
2nd reaction was: “This looks like Poison Ivy”
3rd reaction: Is this for the Mortal Kombat Reboot…wait? is their a reboot for that too?
4th reaction: She looks like Trakeena Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Villianis
5th reaction: Maybe this is Scorpina??
So lots of reactions here with just me but I wanted to see what the fandom was saying. Lots were displeased with the costume saying this isn’t Rita, no where near looks like her. So I read the article to see what more info i could decipher.
“As for her character’s new look: “It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” says Banks.”
Well it is a reboot so changes are inevitable.
“We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers,” she says.”
Ok so they want to delve into Rita’s passed maybe give us an idea of what happened between her and Zordon before she was thrown into the dumpster.
A thing to note we have no idea if Zordon is cast yet, alpha, Goldar, Bulk, Skull or Ernie for that matter. So i’m concerned but let’s move on.
“As Rita Repulsa, Banks is decked out in reptilian-like green getup and hair, with menacing gold talons to match.”
Ok so the obvious in this whole Rita getup is that she is in a green leather body suit/leotard. So why is she in a green suit. Or as the article says reptilian-like green getup and hair with gold talons.
So the only thing that comes to mind is the evil green ranger. Is Rita a dragon and she created the evil green ranger in her image? It’s the only connection that makes sense at this point. It’s confusing that they would make her costume green if she turns a teenager to a green ranger and this might be her only outfit. Or she gives the green and gold and she emerges in a new outfit. Im not sure were all jumping to conclusions on this one image.
I’m not a fan of this look as an OG Power Ranger fan and seeing 2 movies in my youth made out of my favorite super heroes and being content with both of those I have high expectations for this. I know im 29 and that was 20 years ago but i still hold the expectations really high. I have to say reading some of the reactions yesterday, one hit the nail on the head. That reaction was from Kerrigan Mahan who voiced Goldar through out Might Morphin all the way to Zeo. Here is what he had to say on his Facebook page yesterday.
He rounded up my thoughts very well. Here are some other reactions I liked
Divotox herself was great! This has to be my favorite!
Original Blue Power Ranger David Yost posted this!
Zordon himself gave us his stamp of approval.
So there you have it. My reaction as well as many others from the Power Ranger family. Stay tuned because the more pictures they release the more vocal I will get.