Dean Israelite's Power Rangers makes many changes to the Mighty Morphin' lore that 1990s kids grew up loving. Aside from the obvious visual and aesthetic differences (particularly when it comes to the suits), the reboot also makes some drastic alterations to the personalities of the characters -- turning them from model students into troubled teens. I recently spoke to the cast of the film to ask about those changes, and Naomi Scott, who portrays the Pink Ranger, explained that this creative decision helps make the Rangers more relatable to modern day kids. Scott elaborated:
If you look back on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, you will notice that the initial versions of these characters were impossibly perfect. They were model students, great athletes (except Billy Cranston) and all-around good kids who spent their time hanging out at the juice bar of a youth center. That's a great example to set for kids, but it's not entirely realistic or relatable. The reboot takes the characters in the opposite direction by making them troubled youths who grow into their responsibilities as heroes. It's an important change, but it's also one that serves the reboot well as it translates these classic characters onto the silver screen.
I think it's also worth pointing out that Naomi Scott is right; audiences have become more sophisticated as superhero movies have progressed in recent years. As the genre has worn on, certain old-fashioned tropes have become tired and less viable. Although making this new team of Power Rangers into a group of John Hughes-esque misfits significantly alters a fundamental aspect of the Power Rangers lore, it also adds new levels of depth that turns the mythology on its head and keeps these characters fresh.
Check out the video below to see what Naomi Scott had to say about the new versions of the classic Power Rangers characters:
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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