– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since a new image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot came out yesterday, people have been hard at work over-analyzing the hell out of it. Like ya do. And now there’s a contingency of the fandom that is convinced that the latest Rita photo reveals a major connection to The Green Ranger!

Now, there are a few variations of this theory about Rita and The Green Ranger in Power Rangers:

  1. People think she’s going to create a Green Ranger in the movie
  2. Some people think she was The Green Ranger eons ago

So where does all this come from? Take a look at this promo pic from Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers reboot:

Some astute fans have noted that the green emblem at the end of her staff looks an awful lot like a Power Coin. The coins are the source of the supernatural powers that are bestowed on the Rangers, each one has a unique color, and they each resemble the fossil of a different creature. In the original TV series, The Green Ranger is introduced as a henchman of Rita’s- Who she creates in order to destroy the Rangers by using their own powers against them. 

People think she’ll do that in this film, using that green Power Coin.

The second variation of the theory comes from her tattered and broken costume. For months, fans have noted what a dramatic departure it is from the way Rita Repulsa has been depicted in the past. When this photo came out yesterday, some folks pointed out that it almost looks like an old, broken down Power Ranger suit.

The caption with that photo referred to Rita being locked away for eons. What if she was a Green Power Ranger back then? And then a rift between her and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) led to her being imprisoned, and that’s why she’s broken out and vowed to destroy Zordon and his new team of Power Rangers?

What do you think?

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.