The joy of the Power Rangers TV series was how campy it was. It was pure fun to watch teenagers jump around in nerdy spandex suits, fly giant robot machines, and fight ridiculous monsters (one was called Mr. Ticklesneezer, another was, I kid you not, Chunky Chicken). To make a modern Power Rangers movie you can either embody that wacky spirit, scrap it for a gritty reboot, or try to do both with middling results. Saban’s Power Rangers takes the latter route, updating the ‘90s series as an edgier, darker origin story with shards of silliness. The problem is, Power Rangers is never quite sure if it wants to distance itself from the source material or embrace it.
You know that Power Rangers movie that still seems to be happening, despite there being absolutely no reason for it to be? You know how Elizabeth Banks is playing the villain? You know how the villain is Sexy Rita Repulsa (which is something I never thought I’d ever type unless I was looking for bad Halloween costumes)? The mind continues to boggle at every turn with this movie, and it’s honestly impossible at this point to predict whether it will be good, bad, or so bad it’s good. But Elizabeth Banks is a talented actress who’s clearly not afraid to put on a lot of weird makeup and outfits for her characters, as evidenced by all four of the Hunger Games movies. Lionsgate released a new image of her Rita Repulsa, complete with evil scepter.
‘Pitch Perfect 3' has finally found its director, and she seems like a perfect fit.
HBO criminal justice drama The Night Of may not have captivated audiences to the scale of, say, True Detective, but nonetheless drew notable praise. That is, save for one major plot twist involving the series’ lead female role, one actors Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks took to task over Twitter.
Casting Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie reboot is definitely one of the more interesting choices in recent memory, and if nothing else, it’ll be fun watching the actress chew some scenery as the famously outrageous villain. While we wait to see her in action, Lionsgate has debuted another new photo of Banks as Rita Repulsa, and she looks like she’s trapped in a glass case of emotion.
Elizabeth Banks may not be directing Pitch Perfect 3, but she is tackling another female-centric franchise with a big screen reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Unlike previous iterations of the iconic characters, Banks’ version has something a little extra: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn, who has been tasked with making sure we take these women a little more seriously this time.
If you take a look at the official Power Rangers photos released by Lionsgate to this point, it’s easy to see the pattern they have in mind. First came a group shot of the cast out of costume, then came a group shot of the cast in costume. This past week, Lionsgate released individual character posters on its Instagram channel for each of the new cast members, as well as a new photo of Elizabeth Banks in her Rita Repulsa get-up. I’m not a betting man, but if this pattern holds, I’d keep an eye out for some individualized photos of the Power Rangers costumes before too long
Elizabeth Banks’ time directing the Pitch Perfect franchise is aca-over. She will not have Pitch Perfect 3 on her director’s film-aca-phy. She’ll instead divert her energy into other pr-aca-jects.
Just in case you weren’t sure, this is just your regular reminder that the live-action Power Rangers movie is not a prolonged April Fools joke and is actually something that is happening. For real. While we’ve heard a lot of talk about the movie...
Like Ben Affleck, Elizabeth Banks is proving that just because you’re a successful director, doesn’t mean you can’t take on the occasional silly role in a superhero movie. Affleck went from winning an Oscar to Batman vs. Superman and now Banks is going from Pitch Perfect 2 to the live-action Power Rangers movie, where she’ll star as the villainous Rita Repulsa.