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We've all been wondering just what the heck has been going on with this Power Rangers movie and now we finally have a really solid idea. The first teaser trailer for the film has finally dropped courtesy of New York Comic Con and, if nothing else, it shows that these kids have some serious attitude. People may not have been vibing on the new costumes initially, but something tells me they'll be more receptive to this teaser trailer. Check it out below.
Teens with attitude is right! That's some moody youth right there.
Those who were expecting to see the Rangers in full costume may be disappointed (it is just a teaser after all) but this trailer's main goal was to sell the tone and the characters who will eventually become the Rangers. In that sense, the trailer succeeds. The filmmakers have been saying that this is a much more serious-minded take on the Saban property, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite this serious; I never thought I'd see the words "no one would care if you died" in anything Power Rangers related. However, this trailer works for me, and now I'm more curious and interested in this movie than I've ever been.
The teaser pretty much lays out Act 1 for us and shows who the Rangers are, how they come about their morphers, and the effect it has on them. The Rangers are each outcast in their own right and they all attend Saturday school (super powered Breakfast Club!). Jason is a noble screw-up, Billy is bullied, and Zack likes to sit on top of high things. These aspects feel like they're from a melodramatic young adult movie, but if it's done well who am I to complain?
As opposed to the original show in which the teens are chosen by Zordon to be Rangers, the movie version will have them find an alien structure with the morphers encased within. An interesting thing to note is that the morphers seem to get give them superpowers all the time, instead of just when in costume. If they already have super strength then what are their powers like while wearing the armor? We also got some snippets of the Rangers home base, which looks very alien and even involves a trippy fantastical underwater scene.
And let's not forget our first glimpse at Elizabeth Banks' villain, Rita Repulsa, in action. It sounds like she has a history of fighting and killing Power Rangers, teasing some new updated backstory for the franchise. She was floating above Trini's bed, hinting that that sequence is either a dream or Rita has some new powers to go with her updated look.
Bryan Cranston's Zordon, Bill Hader's Alpha 5, the Ranger suits, and the Dinozords are still MIA, but that just leaves more to look forward to in future trailers. The movie is definitely skewing for a younger audience, but that drama combined with the alien atmosphere gives the movie a unique feel. Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and is scheduled to release in theaters on March 24, 2017.