After the premiere of the first teaser trailer, the Power Rangers reboot should only continue to build buzz. The first teaser had plenty of notable reveals about the characters and plot, but until recently, details about the five main characters that eventually become the Power Rangers have remained scarce.
The official Saban’s Power Rangers website is now launched, and in addition to content that the movie has already revealed it includes fresh details and content from the much-anticipated reboot. A good deal of that content includes a better look at the cast of soon-to-be-superpowered teens outside of their redesigned Power Ranger costumes, and a better idea of who they are when the film starts.
ComicBookMovie.com obtained a new batch of stills from Power Rangers, as well as new, official synopses for the main characters that are briefly introduced in the teaser trailer. The descriptions hint at more evolved versions of the original stars from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series. Take a look a the character images in the gallery and read the breakdowns below:
Jason, a.k.a. The Red Ranger, is a bit more complicated “jock” character than the martial arts expert played by Austin St. John in the original:
“Jason, the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) was a football legend in his small town of Angel Grove until one fateful mistake. When we first meet Jason, he is in need of redemption and is struggling to find himself. But soon he is given a chance to lead a new team made up of an unlikely group of teenage superheroes and must find it in himself to rise to the challenge.”
Kimberly, who becomes the Pink Ranger, evolves from the original Kimberly’s popular Valley Girl persona and into more of an outcast who’s fallen from grace:
“Kimberly, the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) used to be Queen Bee of Angel Grove High, but has been cast out of the popular clique and is now struggling to find her identity. She has a new rebel without-a-cause, edgy attitude, but this front is hiding a secret that makes her feel deeply vulnerable.”
Blue Ranger Billy was a nerdy character in the original TV series, but in the movie appears to suffer deeper social problems commonly associated with the less popular kids in high school:
“Billy, the Blue Ranger (R.J. Cyler) has always been challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, he is the most pure-hearted of the group. Billy has never really had any friends, so finding teenagers that he is comfortable with is a big deal, and soon he begins connecting with people in a way he’s never been able to do before.”
Trini in the original series was merely soft-spoken and mild-mannered, but in the movie reboot is more of a lone wolf-type character who falls in with the group as the Yellow Ranger.
“Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G.) is mysterious but extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making her the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient and contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it— least of all to herself.”
And Zack Taylor, a.k.a. the Black Ranger, appears to be a tad more serious than the charismatic original Black Ranger played by Walter Emanuel Jones.
“Zack, the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) is filled with bravado and swagger. He is tough and cool on the exterior but has many layers beyond his fearless appearance. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which makes him feel deeply inferior to all his peers.”
The five Power Rangers of the reboot are being billed as more complex, mature versions of the characters from the kid-oriented original TV series. Director Dean Israelite, while also hinting that other popular characters will return in the reboot, seems to understand that for the movie to succeed it will need strong, deep characterization. The five main Power Rangers appear to be fleshed out more than the original characters, which was a necessity for the reboot to build upon the TV series.
The Power Rangers reboot is certainly going in the right direction with its character development, but it will still need to be well-written and well-acted in the end for the movie to be worth turning into a new franchise. The teaser trailer has only revealed small snippets of the characters’ plot lines and not necessarily how well-done they are. But the characters are deeper than any seen in prior Power Rangers movies, so it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Power Rangers is expected to debut in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017.