Power Rangers is maybe one of the goofiest properties ever made, so it really raises your curiosity when Bryan Cranston - who will play a big floating head in the movie - compared it to the tone of Christopher Nolan's gritty and somewhat grounded Dark Knight Trilogy. After all, Power Rangers is known for its colorful costumes, silly henchman, and saving the world in time to finish homework. Would any of these elements make it into the darker film? More importantly, would the Zords (the Rangers' giant animal-themed robots that combine into one giant robot) be in the film? Director Dean Israelite and the cast have been quiet on the Zords until now, but have finally spoken up.
San Diego Comic-Con is chugging along this weekend and we'll probably see a lot more from the Power Rangers movie before the weekend is over. Until then, Nerdist was able to catch up with the cast and Dean Israelite and asked them some questions on what we can expect from the new film. The focus was primarily on what remaining aspects from the show would appear in the film, such as Alpha Five and the Zords. The cast was asked what Zord would they most want to be in real life and Naomi Scott, who plays the Pink Ranger Kimberly, both said and bragged this:
I'd be a bird so that I can fly. And my Zord is the only one that can fly so...
This would imply that the Zords are definitely going to be in the film. Traditionally the Pink Ranger pilots the Pterodactyl Dinozord, which is the only one of that bunch that can fly. Based on Naomi Scott's answer, much is the same in the new movie. This is nice to hear for any diehard Rangers fans out there. The Zords are a pretty huge part of the show, and it wouldn't really be Power Rangers without them. Literally, every episode ended with the Rangers forming the Megazord and beating up the bad guy of the week.
With any luck, we'll get to see what the Zords look like sometime this weekend; and with even more luck it won't be as controversial as the Power Rangers costumes. My ultimate wish for the Zords is that the movie gives each one a more distinct personality. They were all pretty much the same on the show, lumbering at the same steady pace. I want the movie ones to each to have their one strengths, weaknesses, and weapons (like Kimberly's being the only one who can fly). That's what Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender did with the Lion mechs and it worked out well for that show.
Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and will hit theaters on March 24, 2017.