'Power Rangers' Features the First Big Screen LGBT Superhero

Monday, 20 March 2017 - 9:00PM
Power Rangers
Monday, 20 March 2017 - 9:00PM
'Power Rangers' Features the First Big Screen LGBT Superhero
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For quite some time now, many have been clamoring for there to be a gay superhero in a big budget blockbuster, and now it looks like we have one. Well, kind of. Mostly.

Power Rangers has screened for some critics ahead of its March 24 release, and while reviews aren't looking too hot so far (42% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing), pretty much one thing everyone is praising is how the film handles the sexuality of the Yellow Ranger, Trini. The character, played by singer Becky G, isn't out-of-the-closet gay, but she is described as someone who is struggling with her sexual identity: a first for a superhero in a film of this magnitude.

There's a scene in the film where Trini struggles with "girlfriend problems," which director Dean Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter is a "pivotal" scene:
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"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."
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There's some added significance here because of the original Blue Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, David Yost. He was infamously harassed during the show's production for his sexual orientation, but the franchise seems to want to patch things up in that regard. Yost himself was happy with the news about the new film, telling Hollywood Reporter that "They really stepped up to the plate. I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation."


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Like the so-called openly gay moment in Beauty and the Beast, this scene is possibly being overhyped, something we won't know until its official premiere - but it's still a start toward seeing more LGBT representation in mainstream blockbuster movies. So for that step in the right direction, "go, go Power Rangers" indeed.

Power Rangers comes out March 24, 2017.
 
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