– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As interesting and exciting all the news for the upcoming POWER RANGERS film is, I’d be lying if I didn’t say its quality is sort of a bit question mark. Sure, I loved the series as a kid — and POWER RANGERS has gone on to win kids over for over two decades now with all its iteration. That being said, there’s no denying it’s a campy product. What approach would they be taking with this new film? Would it be darker and grittier, or would it embrace the tone of the series?

In a recent interview with actor Bryan Cranston, who was recently confirmed for the role of Zordon, he praised the film for its approach, going so far as to compare it to the way Batman evolved from the 1960s series to THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. It’s also worth noting that Cranston has some actual experience working on the TV show as the voice to a couple of villains back in 1993.

Here’s what he had to say to the Huffington Post:

“At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like,‘Oh, OK.’

I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different.’ This is as different a reimagining as the BATMAN television series as it became the [DARK KNIGHT] 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.”

Cranston went on to clarify his comparison to the DARK KNIGHT — by no means is the POWER RANGERS film anywhere near that series as far as tone goes.

“I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that 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.”

This all sounds pretty great to me. As a fan, I’d like to see a healthy adaptation of the show, not just a re-hash. I’d like it to take advantage of its larger budget and wider audience, and it sounds like this is the exact approach they’re taking.

What do you think? Are Cranston’s words encouraging to you? Let us know all your thoughts down below in the comments!

POWER RANGERS hits theaters on March 24, 2017.

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SOURCE: Huffington Post

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.