It's goodbye lycra as the five teens who make up the Power Rangers in the upcoming movie reboot ditch their old costumes for something a little more form fitting. And what could be more body hugging than brightly colored spandex? How about translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies? Because that's what this team is getting in the upcoming 2017 adventure. And we have a first look courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Changing an iconic look for 20 year old characters in what is a very beloved franchise is a risky proposition, but it looks like these latest Power Rangers have gotten a pretty cool upgrade. The campy costumes have gone into the dustbin as these Angel Grove high schoolers get ready to battle Rita Repulsa in a fight to save the earth. Pictured below in their new super suits are Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy. While these new costumes might look radical, they are actual a throwback to the Power Rangers' earliest roots and mythology. Says director Dean Israelite.
"The show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis. These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit."
Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late. The spandex-free costumes are meant to help separate this team from other recent superhero blockbusters. Says production designer Andrew Menzies, who also helped update the look for Hasbro's G.I. Joe Retaliation.
"It's tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that's not man-made. You can't win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans."
We'll have to wait and see how fans respond to these new costumes. But early adaptors include the actors themselves. In fact, Yellow Ranger Becky G already has plans to keep her costume and use it later in the year. She exclaims.
"It's the coolest costume ever. I'm gonna wear it for Halloween for, like, five years."
The new Power Rangers costumes will be on full display in this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly. This exciting reboot, which features Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, will be in theaters March 24, 2017. Though the movie is still a full year away and currently in production, don't be surprised to see the first teaser trailer sooner than later.