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Here's your first look at Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers

04.19.2016

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We've already seen a picture of our main heroes form POWER RANGERS (see above), but now it's time to see what director Dean Israelite (PROJECT ALMANAC) has up his sleeve in terms of design. At least, when it comes to Elizabeth Banks' as the villainous Rita Repulsa. For those of you wanting a traditional crossover, you may be disappointed. However, if you dig Elizabeth Banks as much as I do, prepare yourself for a fetish you never knew you had!

Elizabeth Banks told People that this is a "modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa." "Edgy re-imagining" is the key term here so I think we can expect the rest of our heroes and villains to also receive a visual upgrade. As far as I'm concerned, it's a win-win scenario. POWER RANGERS will either be a really cool film and capture an entirely new market, or it will remain cheesy and please those who grew up with the show. Either way, I'm guessing it'll be entertaining!

POWER RANGERS will open in theaters on March 24, 2017.

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4:57PM on 04/21/2016
Awful, just awful
Awful, just awful
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2:09AM on 04/21/2016
Okay so...I guess maybe the idea could be that Rita gets her power from some green source, and that explains why the evil Ranger she creates is green? But overall I just don't get the thinking here. Like, there isn't even a tiny visual reference to the original Rita. This could literally be any villain. I get wanting to go in a new direction, but not at the expense of ignoring the source material completely. You're telling me there's an actual plot reason why she couldn't have a headpiece
Okay so...I guess maybe the idea could be that Rita gets her power from some green source, and that explains why the evil Ranger she creates is green? But overall I just don't get the thinking here. Like, there isn't even a tiny visual reference to the original Rita. This could literally be any villain. I get wanting to go in a new direction, but not at the expense of ignoring the source material completely. You're telling me there's an actual plot reason why she couldn't have a headpiece similar to the original, and needs a topknot instead? Please
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9:21PM on 04/20/2016

They really didn't get it

Villain designs in Super Sentai or Power Rangers always follow a certain theme which were given much thought in production. The original look of Rita Repulsa and her minions were straight out of mythological monsters such as witches, vampires, griffins, leprechauns, trolls, and some combination of a lamia and a half scorpion creature. This new design look embarrassingly uninspiring, like a Poison Ivy knockoff. I'm sure Elizabeth Banks is more than capable in bringing a worthy performance, but
Villain designs in Super Sentai or Power Rangers always follow a certain theme which were given much thought in production. The original look of Rita Repulsa and her minions were straight out of mythological monsters such as witches, vampires, griffins, leprechauns, trolls, and some combination of a lamia and a half scorpion creature. This new design look embarrassingly uninspiring, like a Poison Ivy knockoff. I'm sure Elizabeth Banks is more than capable in bringing a worthy performance, but truth be told that design is poop.
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8:51PM on 04/20/2016
Haha..Why is she looks dirty??
Haha..Why is she looks dirty??
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2:10AM on 04/21/2016
Well, she WAS trapped in a vault on the moon for 10,000 years. Guess it didn't have a shower!
Well, she WAS trapped in a vault on the moon for 10,000 years. Guess it didn't have a shower!
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12:40PM on 04/20/2016

Ok, this kind of proves they have no idea what they are doing.

This isn't Rita Repulsa. This is one more Scorpina or Divatox than Rita. Where is the hair?! Where is the purple??? This would be fine if it wasn't supposed to be RITA.
This isn't Rita Repulsa. This is one more Scorpina or Divatox than Rita. Where is the hair?! Where is the purple??? This would be fine if it wasn't supposed to be RITA.
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4:28PM on 04/20/2016
The RANGERS' costumes are iconic; the villains' costumes aren't. If they were, people would've complained about it in that bootleg short film.
The RANGERS' costumes are iconic; the villains' costumes aren't. If they were, people would've complained about it in that bootleg short film.
9:07PM on 04/20/2016
@Vits: I beg to differ. The original character's look was one of the most striking design that makes Power Rangers memorable. It was intricately designed and matches the overall theme of the villain group, which was mythological creatures such as witches, vampire bats, trolls, leprechauns, and griffins. This... this green character just look like a knockoff Poison Ivy.
Also, the bootleg short film was a 100% pile of crap.
@Vits: I beg to differ. The original character's look was one of the most striking design that makes Power Rangers memorable. It was intricately designed and matches the overall theme of the villain group, which was mythological creatures such as witches, vampire bats, trolls, leprechauns, and griffins. This... this green character just look like a knockoff Poison Ivy.
Also, the bootleg short film was a 100% pile of crap.
4:06AM on 04/20/2016
Would bang...


And I REALLY hope the green ranger is in this. Be a bitch if he was teased or saved for the sequel...
Would bang...


And I REALLY hope the green ranger is in this. Be a bitch if he was teased or saved for the sequel...
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1:20AM on 04/20/2016

Dear Elizabeth Banks,

Just want you to know it's perfectly okay to say no to a movie once in a while.
Just want you to know it's perfectly okay to say no to a movie once in a while.
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8:54PM on 04/19/2016
Wasn't Power Rangers a 'thing' back in the early '80's in Japan?
Wasn't Power Rangers a 'thing' back in the early '80's in Japan?
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10:10PM on 04/19/2016
Every POWER RANGERS show is an adaptation of the Japanese franchise SUPER SENTAI, which started in 1975.
Every POWER RANGERS show is an adaptation of the Japanese franchise SUPER SENTAI, which started in 1975.
11:10PM on 04/24/2016
There was also a show called "Dynaman" that the power rangers borrowed heavily from...
There was also a show called "Dynaman" that the power rangers borrowed heavily from...
8:32PM on 04/19/2016

Or this will make like the recent JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS movie

and piss off long-time fans without attracting any new ones. I'm indifferent towards POWER RANGERS so I'll take a wait-and-see attitude.
and piss off long-time fans without attracting any new ones. I'm indifferent towards POWER RANGERS so I'll take a wait-and-see attitude.
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10:06PM on 04/19/2016
J.A.T.H. only aired for 3 years, while P.R. is still on after 23 years. Also, the former never had the cultural impact and, therefore, the fandom the latter has. That's why the makers have felt the urge to clarify how faithful it'll be to the show.
J.A.T.H. only aired for 3 years, while P.R. is still on after 23 years. Also, the former never had the cultural impact and, therefore, the fandom the latter has. That's why the makers have felt the urge to clarify how faithful it'll be to the show.
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6:24PM on 04/19/2016
This film is shooting in my home town right now and it is killing so much of our business downtown. They have successfully pissed off and entire town.
This film is shooting in my home town right now and it is killing so much of our business downtown. They have successfully pissed off and entire town.
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8:57PM on 04/19/2016
Boycott and Sabotage my friend!
Boycott and Sabotage my friend!
6:15PM on 04/19/2016
Honestly I'm getting flashbacks of JJ's Star Trek
Honestly I'm getting flashbacks of JJ's Star Trek
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7:41PM on 04/19/2016
Do you mean that as a good thing or bad thing?
Do you mean that as a good thing or bad thing?
5:29AM on 04/20/2016
Depends on the day. But the whole "update a fan favorite to reach a new audience but risk alienating the old fans" is getting old
Depends on the day. But the whole "update a fan favorite to reach a new audience but risk alienating the old fans" is getting old
4:50PM on 04/19/2016
I'll be honest, it's the Zords I need to see. This looks ok and I am curious to see what they do with the film, but if the Megazord looks blech, i'll be sad
I'll be honest, it's the Zords I need to see. This looks ok and I am curious to see what they do with the film, but if the Megazord looks blech, i'll be sad
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4:46PM on 04/19/2016
She's very...green. Maybe trying to invoke a common visual vocabulary tying her to creation of the Green Ranger?
She's very...green. Maybe trying to invoke a common visual vocabulary tying her to creation of the Green Ranger?
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3:54PM on 04/19/2016
I dig the look, but the first thing I thought was "Wow, Banks would make a killer Enchantress".
I dig the look, but the first thing I thought was "Wow, Banks would make a killer Enchantress".
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4:41PM on 04/19/2016
On first glance, before I read the text...that's who I thought she was supposed to be.
On first glance, before I read the text...that's who I thought she was supposed to be.
3:46PM on 04/19/2016

Ehhhhh

hhhhhh... More red and black, less green.
hhhhhh... More red and black, less green.
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1:37PM on 04/19/2016
Whoa...I wasn't prepared for this. Damn no its not exactly what the TV showed, but if they are trying for amore serious vibe, this did it. She looks awesome. And I agree with others, Power Rangers was so crazy and corny you can do almost anything with the characters looks wise and not really harm it. Banks looks hot as fuck though like this.
Whoa...I wasn't prepared for this. Damn no its not exactly what the TV showed, but if they are trying for amore serious vibe, this did it. She looks awesome. And I agree with others, Power Rangers was so crazy and corny you can do almost anything with the characters looks wise and not really harm it. Banks looks hot as fuck though like this.
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1:19PM on 04/19/2016
Getting a Green Goblin type vibe from this. She looks great though.
Getting a Green Goblin type vibe from this. She looks great though.
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1:39PM on 04/19/2016
You always did have a thing for the Green Goblin. Sicko
You always did have a thing for the Green Goblin. Sicko
3:41PM on 04/19/2016
thats funny because i remember a big complaint about green goblin back then was that he look like he belonged in power rangers
thats funny because i remember a big complaint about green goblin back then was that he look like he belonged in power rangers
8:59PM on 04/19/2016
I wish we could up-like replies, because Coremax deserves one right now.
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12:45PM on 04/19/2016
Power Rangers is just such a ridiculous property that they can probably do anything with it and it will be entertaining. Make an honest and serious action movie out of it, it has potential. Make it into an action-comedy with lots of cheese, just like the episodes I watched on Saturday mornings as a kid.
Power Rangers is just such a ridiculous property that they can probably do anything with it and it will be entertaining. Make an honest and serious action movie out of it, it has potential. Make it into an action-comedy with lots of cheese, just like the episodes I watched on Saturday mornings as a kid.
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12:45PM on 04/19/2016
I actually think she looks pretty damn cool and I also have the weirdest boner at the moment.
I actually think she looks pretty damn cool and I also have the weirdest boner at the moment.
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12:34PM on 04/19/2016
I watched Power Rangers as a kid but I couldn't remember Rita Repulsa was this hot!
I watched Power Rangers as a kid but I couldn't remember Rita Repulsa was this hot!
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