Earlier today, the official trailer teaser for the new “power rangersmovie was posted on YouTube. Not even a day has gone by, but the future of this film is clearly drawn in the video’s comments. Spoiler, it looks a lot like the fate of “Man of Steel” -- somehow successful but a tragedy for die-hard fans. This gritty remake will be released in the USA in March 2017, but I’m not sure how the franchise will survive.

What we know about the old Power Rangers

Honestly, you don’t have to be a die-hard Power Rangers fan to know more about the franchise than Director Dean Israelite and Writers John Gatins, Ashley Miller, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney, and Kieran Mulrony.

Most people know the Power Rangers as five quirky teenagers “with attitude” who appear like ordinary martial arts-loving, upstanding citizens. Unbeknownst to most, they actually dress up in superpower-granting morphing suits provided by Zordon, a good alien, to protect the Earth from the likes of Rita Repulsa, an evil alien.

How this film appears to diverge

Of course, the old Power Rangers movies were wacky, colorful and just plain fun. Yet, in the recent attempts to make superhero films more gritty and serious, the film will probably lose sight of the original story. This trailer looks like it won’t have a unique spin. It looks like “Powers Rangers” (2017) will just be “Chronicle (2012) with outfits that fuse Iron Man suits with the older Power Rangers costumes.

These kids are no longer ordinary, and so far, they appear to not care about martial arts at all. There is only a few seconds in the trailer showing any form of martial arts, and it looks like a means to an end rather than a passion. Additionally, the point of the suits in this film is unclear since these teens have super powers outside of the suits as well.

And the upstanding teens with attitude we all loved are now somewhere closer to misfits who break into a restricted area housing alien tech.

The impact of the production company

Lionsgate is one of the major producers. This is no surprise. Lionsgate is a producer of uplifting films like "The Hunger Games" series, “Nerve,” “Ender’s Game,” the "Divergent" series and the "Twilight" series.

Taking a beloved series like this and “grittifying” it seems reasonable to a company grabbing as many dystopian films as it can. The only other obvious choice would be Warner Bros after what they did with Superman.


So far, it's likely that this movie will succeed the same way “Man of Steel" did. When it concerns money, it will get the job done. Concerning the fandom, it will probably cause a divide and possibly spark hatred. Then again, this is only a teaser trailer. Maybe there's hope.

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