Saban’s Power Rangers movie is now out on home video – on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
And while the film largely stays true to its roots – the storyline of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show – it does change a few elements that weren’t necessarily incorporated into the TV show’s lore.
Among those changed elements includes making Rita Repulsa the original Green Ranger – a hero who goes rogue when she betrays Zordon and her Power Rangers teammates.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Director Dean Israelite explained his decision to turn Rita green, in a move that figures to have major implications across the Power Rangers’ film universe.
“When I first came up, that is what we started to talk about – is that she was going to be the Green Ranger? We were trying to figure out a mythology for her, and it felt like there was real evidence in the cannon because she ultimately ends up giving Tommy the coin. That there was evidence in a way that she could be the Green Ranger. So it fits really organically into the mythology that is already there, and when we came up with that idea, it was very exciting, because we felt like we had kind of opened up this whole new prologue in a way.” – Director Dean Israelite
Rita has always been connected to the Green Power Ranger by virtue of introducing the iconic superhero, with perhaps the most recognizable Power Ranger in show history beginning his tenure as one of Rita’s evil servants.
With Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, figuring to enter the franchise next in a potential sequel to Saban’s Power Rangers movie, one can only question what role Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa will continue to play moving forward.
Rumors first suggested that Rita would be the original Green Ranger long before Saban’s Power Rangers movie released. Those rumors also suggested that Rita went rogue serving her master, Lord Zedd. With Israelite claiming that Lord Zedd would be the obvious choice for a sequel’s villain (recap here), only time will tell if that backstory sticks around.