Some eyebrows were raised a few months ago when it was announced that Bryan Cranston would be taking on the role of Zordon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie because we probably all thought he was above such stupid roles at this point in his career.
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It turns out that we were very, very wrong to think that the Power Rangers movie was going to be a straight up port of the 90s TV show onto the big screen. It turns out that it’s going to be a very different entity to that entirely, with a more dark and gritty feel.
Here’s what Cranston had to say about it:
At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and pow and zow.
I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different.’
This is as different as the Batman television series as it became the Batman movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the Power Rangers to that television series. It’s unrecognisable for the most part.
There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.
Yeah, The Dark Knight. I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that because you’re dealing with teenagers. So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that, and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the Power Rangers.
And what you would get is this new version, this new reimagined version.
Hmmm. Well at least we know it’s going to be different, although Cranston kinda sounds sorta desperate when he’s describing it there.
I suppose if it’s anything like this R Rated fan made Power Rangers movie from a couple of years ago starring James Van Der Beek though, then it will actually be completely awesome.