Bryan Cranston Says New Power Rangers Movie Will Be Franchise's Dark Knight Moment

Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 11:33AM
Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 11:33AM
In case you didn't know, there's a new Power Ranger movie in production and it's got a big budget, big name actors, and flashy new suits. But do fans really want it? Bryan Cranston, one of the aforementioned big name actors, has admitted in a new interview that he was just as skeptical about the project when he was first offered the role of Zordon. However, unlike us mere mortals, Cranston then had a chance to speak to director, Dean Israelite, and read the script. After doing so, the Breaking Bad star was convinced that this wasn't a mere re-hash.

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I wasn't really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director," Cranston told HuffPost. "After that I went, 'This is different'...This is as different a reimagining 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 unrecognizable 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.

I don't know if the tone is as dark as ["The Dark Knight"] because you're dealing with teenagers. So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that - hopes and dreams - 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.
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Certainly the suits are different, and Elizabeth Banks' Rita Repulsa has been modified a great deal from its source material, but we're not seeing anything Dark Knight-y just yet. Like Cranston said, we're dealing with teenagers here, and not famous, burly superheroes. Still, there is hope in Cranston's words. Too often the word 'dark' is thrown around in Hollywood with little to no effect, but what Cranston describes is something that feels a lot more genuine than the usual pandering of movie executives. Whether or not the end product lives up to those words, though, is something we'll have to wait until 2017 to discover.

Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24th 2017
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