Earlier this year Lionsgate tried to give us a blast from the past with Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Overall, it ended with some mixed reviews from audiences and only grossed a little over $85 million domestically. The film tried to modernize the original Power Rangers Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy and Trini. They also brought back Zordon, Alpha 5 and the evil Rita Repulsa. With the mediocre reception the film got here domestically and overseas, the idea of this being a franchise quickly began to fade.
Thanks to toy sales it has been reported earlier this week that Saban and Lionsgate are discussing the possibility of a sequel. One of the most important aspects of any of the Power Rangers are the Zords, who in the film were necessary to defeat Rita, and her monster Goldar. Comicbook.com had the opportunity to speakwith the director for Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dean Israelite, about the possibility of the Zords getting some upgrades in future films. This is what he had to say:
“It’s a hard question that I don’t really know the answer to right now. I would hope that we would start to do some upgrades. I think that’s what always fun about building on a franchise.”
Israelite even went as far as to compare the Zords to Iron Man’s suites:
“The Iron Man suit keeps changing, but that’s cool! As long as you don’t jump the shark and as long as you stay true to what you’re setting up. I think all of that stuff is always fun and interesting.”
I think it would be too soon to modify the Zords, but with toy sales really helping the push for the sequel, the studios may have no choice but to make changes, maybe evolving them into the Thunderzords? Or what about the addition of the Dragonzord, the Tigerzord or Titanus? That would be great, especially knowing that they are probably going to face a greater threat such as Lord Zed.
Although I would like to see a sequel to the first film, I must say that the Zords (my favorite part of the television series) really disappointed me. I always enjoyed the build up of the moment as the Zords came together piece by piece, formed the Megazord and together the Rangers would defeat their enemies. This is something that the film completely missed, and to me it took away from the final battle with Goldar and Rita. If they are in fact going to go forward, I would hope that they would improve on the Zords. What Zords would you want to see in the next Power Rangers film?
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