Following the reveal of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, the Power Rangers movie has revealed the costumes we’ve all been waiting for: the Ranger suits themselves.
A new photo from EW has given us our first look at the new Ranger designs, combining the classic appearance of the Mighty Morphin’ team with an armored, sci-fi appearance.
While the original costumes were colored spandex suits with white diamonds on the chest, the morphers attached to their belts, and helmets designed after their corresponding creatures, these new designs look more akin to “Pacific Rim” than the Japanese Super Sentai footage Power Rangers is taken from. However, the key aspects are all still there; the morphers are attached to the armor, and the diamonds now appear more like glowing cores. Lines of metal line the armor around the legs, chest, and sides of the arms, while the helmets seem to vary in how much they’ve drawn from the dinosaur or ancient beast they’re based on.
While the 90’s “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” movie also attempted to add a more armor-like appearance to the suits, that was a minimal change, simply adding some armor on top of the original designs, while staying true to the original look. Even the unofficial “Power/Rangers” film maintained as close to a semblance to the original series as possible, while this design does its own thing while still keeping the key features in place.
The new design matches the new function of the costumes. Director Dean Israelite explains “The sow 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.”
Production designer Andrew Menzies explains that the outfits in the film are “an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made,” so the suits are more something similar to Guyver, or even Blue Beetle’s armor (minus the alien intelligence controlling it, give or take Zordon).
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