If you're between the ages of 25 and 30, you'll recall how Power Rangers was just the absolute strangest thing going on television.
It was everywhere. You had the toys that joined together to make a giant Megazord, you had the weapons, you had the costumes, you even had a team-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It had everything.
So, naturally enough, the producers behind the Power Rangers update want to throw that all out the window and turn into a Christopher Nolan-lite Gritty Reboot. Sort of.
Bryan Cranston - who'll be playing Zordon in the movie and played Multiple Man in the original TV series - was recently interviewed by HuffPo about his role in the film and admitted that he was initially reticent about signing on. "I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different. This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series."
It's worth pointing out that the Batman he's referring to is Adam West's TV series as opposed to Christoper Nolan's. Honestly, the jury's out on that one in our mind. Anyway, Cranston went on and explained that "(you) can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part."
It's strange to think of the Power Rangers in that way, purely because it was so light and frilly and frivolous. Not only that, turning something into a dark and gritty version doesn't automatically make it better or more credible.
Slapping a greyish filter over a character and having them kill people indiscriminately is a sure-fire way to lose yourself any kind of goodwill with people. Just ask Zack Snyder on that front.
As it stands, the Power Rangers Movie is still moving forward and we'll expect a teaser or trailer in the coming weeks.
Power Rangers is slated for March 24th, 2017 in Ireland.