While it was released back in March, we still haven't stopped discussing and dissecting Dean Israelite's Power Rangers. The film adapted the characters and settings from the classic 90s kids show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for a modern audience, while also giving the titular teenagers new quirks that made the cast an extremely inclusive team of protagonists. One of the characters who had the biggest changes was Becky G's Trini, who was adapted into a queer Latina with a penchant for her new powers. And Trini's quick grasp on her abilities is why Becky G things her character needs more action in a possible Power Rangers sequel.
I recently had the privilege to speak with Becky G about her role in Power Rangers. When I asked her what she'd like to see from Trini if a sequel is ordered, Becky G revealed that she wants to see Trini kick more ass and take more names, saying:
If there's one thing that will make the fandom happy in a sequel, it's more action. Power Rangers focused largely on world building and defining its ensemble cast of characters, and now that they can morph I imagine that Trini would be ready to fight for Angel Grove.
And seeing Trini come into her own would actually help to bridge the gap between Power Rangers and the original series. In Mighty Morphin, Trini (the late Thuy Trang) was one of the team's best fighters, as she was trained in martial arts before they were chosen. And in the new movie, the loner was immediately more comfortable in her newfound superpowers than the rest of her eventual teammates. Additionally, when Rita tried to intimidate her into assisting the villain, she immediately leaped into action and engaged her in hand to hand combat. What a badass.
If Power Rangers was eventually given a sequel, it would make perfect sense for Trini to be one of the biggest ass-kickers in the group. She and Zack seem like kindred spirits and adrenaline junkies, so I'd imagine that dynamic duo to be the Rangers who will likely leap into battle first. And now that they have their armor and Zords, Trini should be a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately, it's currently unclear if this will ever come to fruition, as Power Rangers still hasn't been given the "go go" for a sequel. The film didn't make quite as much money as the producers had hoped, and director Dean Israelite has been open about his theory that the PG-13 rating hindered the built in kid demographic from attending.
You can currently own your very own copy of Power Rangers, as its available for On Demand and home purchase. And be sure to check our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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