Fans are anxiously awaiting the first trailer for Power Rangers, which could arrive during Comic-Con at any time. The Lionsgate franchise reboot doesn't have a panel planned, but yesterday in San Diego at the official Lionsgate booth, the New Rangers united on the convention floor. Dacre Montgomery (Jason the Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (Kimberley the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Billy the Blue Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zach the Black Ranger), and Becky G (Trini the Yellow Ranger) all autographed posters and greeted fans. And there were some juicy new details revealed.
Nerdist were on hand to gather some intel on this big screen reincarnation of the extremely popular kids show. And while star Bryan Cranston has teased that this is a darker take on the material, comparable to The Dark Knight, it's not going to forget its colorful edge or the things that made it stand out from the other kids shows of the 90s.
Speaking with director Dean Israelite and the cast, Nerdist decided to bust out some of the most important questions. They wanted to know first and foremost if Alpha 5 was coming back. They also asked if the Dinozords would be making a return appearance. And whether or not the movie reboot would reinstate the original theme song.
It was confirmed that Alpha 5, Zordon's helper robot, will indeed be back to work alongside Bryan Cranston as the floating alien head and mentor to the Power Rangers. It was also confirmed that, yes, these high schoolers will pilot the Dinozord robot vehicles. And perhaps most importantly of all, there will be a new version of the iconic 'Go Go Power Rangers' theme song. Though it isn't known who will be doing the song just yet.
That said, it isn't quite clear what kind of tone the movie will take, or how a charter like Alpha 5 will be handled. The robot was always used as comedic relief, and was always a bit goofy, with his "Aye Yi Yi!" catchphrase ready at the drop of a hat. Throughout the franchise, there have been many iterations on Alpha 5, but for the most part, he's never been more than a very lighthearted character. It is expected that Alpha 5 will still be Zordon's assistant.
The look of the Dinozords is even more interesting, as they will most likely be some of the reboots biggest CGI creations. While characters like Zordon and Alpha 5 were created for the U.S. shot portion of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the Zords, who were semi-sentient animal-shaped giant robot vehicles which combined to make a single humanoid Megazord, were actually part of repurposed footage from the Japanese Super Sentai series Zyuranger. And these costumes had actors in suits, just like the Godzilla movies. It's unlikely that aesthetic would carry over into this new hi-tech reboot.
It has been confirmed that the Dinozords will be the same prehistoric-animal shaped vehicles that were represented in the original 90s version of the show, and each one will still correspond with the correct color of Power Ranger, with red being the Tyrannosaurus, blue being the Triceratops, black being the wooly-mammoth, yellow being the sabretooth tiger, and pink being Pterodactyl. There is no word yet on just how the Megazord will be redesigned. We've included a full gallery from last night's big cast autograph session at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con.