Ay, yi, yi — the new morphenomenal Power Rangers suits just debuted and there isn’t a single bit of spandex on Angel Grove’s finest.
Looking more like the cast of Avengers: (Teen)Age of Ultron than of a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers reboot, the five Rangers who will appear in the franchise update are shown in an Entertainment Weekly image wearing bulky, futuristic suits of armor. The new duds are apparently translucent, extraterrestrial, and “crystallizes around [the Rangers’] bodies.”
The suits, which director Dean Israelite says are “catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit,” look pretty cool, and certainly appear to offer more protection than the original ensembles did. But when Rita Repulsa’s goons attack, how will the Rangers be able to perform those vital, pre-fight cartwheels and all the super intimidating arm gesticulating that they’re known for if they’re wearing these (presumably) heavy suits? Power Rangers need outfits that they can do lunges in.
So, why ditch the traditional spandex? Production designer Andrew Menzies says that it’s about distinguishing this movie from all of the other superhero franchises.
It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.
Uh, is he implying that there’s something immature about spandex? Or was that maturity comment just a reference to the boob-plate armor that the Pink and Yellow Rangers are wearing?
Power Rangers will hit theaters in 2017.[EW]