I know, it is weird for an adult to be excited about a Power Rangers film. There is just something about giant machines that combine in giant robots that I enjoy. When I was in middle school, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Debuted on Fox. I was ecstatic! This was the first time since Voltron that I was able to get my giant robot fix. Fast forward to adulthood, a Power Ranger reboot is in the works and I couldn’t be any more excited.
Now that I am an adult, the movie is going to have to grow up as well. They cannot do the things that they did in the 90’s (and still do to this day) if they want to have a successful movie. Here are some changes that I believe would make the movie a success.
1. Use Good CGI.
There is nothing wrong with the current television formula. People in costumes that appear to be a Megazord and a monster duking it out appearing larger than life. That works for a kids television program. In today’s market, we want to see eye-popping visuals. Picture a Jaeger from Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla.
Now that got your attention! Just imagine that quality of CGI applied to the Megazord and its enemies. That movie would look beautiful on film. But a quality film cannot just be visuals…
2. Give it an Edgier Story.
We need to have a story that will give a reason to care about these characters. The television shows always center around teens and their problems, a monster appears, they defeat monster, learn something about themselves, and overcome their problems. That cannot be the plot of the film.
It is hard to make a movie that is based off of a kids show edgier. They can take a cue from Marvel Studios and create something that resembles the source material but is its own thing. Create a really diabolical enemy or modify one they already have. Give that character a reason for doing what he does, not just because he was asleep for 10 million years and now feels like taking over the world.
3. Create Some Awesome Costumes.
One thing I can say about the Power Rangers is that their costumes have got to go. If you are going fight off hoards of enemies, you cannot do it in spandex. If you must do tights, give the tights, some life. Look what they did to Captain America’s and Superman’s costumes. Those out fits look like they are ready for battle.
Seriously though, I always thought the outfits in Power Rangers the Movie were the best versions of the costumes to date. Then I saw what the costume designers for Bat in The Sun did for the Green Ranger and I was blown away. This is what I want to see in the new film!
4. Bring Back Jason David Frank.
While we are on the subject of the Green Ranger, let talk about Jason David Frank. When you think of the Power Rangers, JDF comes to mind. This guy still appears in the show! He goes to so many conventions to meet fans while teaching martial arts at his academy. I want to see this guy in the relaunch.
Flashback Video JDF http://t.co/CyQopbnxoJ
— Jason David Frank (@jdfffn) October 15, 2014
The way I see it, bring back the original cast (with the exception of Thuy Trang who passed away in 2001). Amy Jo Johnson, Davis Yoast, Austin St. John, and Walter Jones. These guys could usher in a new group of heroes to take up their mantle.
What do you think? Are you ready for the big screen version of the Power Rangers? What other changes would you make? Leave your comments below.