Saban’s Power Rangers movie is now out on home video – on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
And one of the film’s most talked about aspects has been the inclusion of the first LGBT superhero, as Trini the Yellow Ranger (portrayed by Becky G.) questions her sexual orientation during one of the film’s more intimate scenes.
The news sent shock waves through pop culture for being the first move of its kind, and for Director Dean Israelite’s boldness in taking on a very real, and current representation of the world today.
In the home video’s Audio Commentary featuring Israelite and Writer John Gatkins, the duo explained why they decided to have one of their teenagers question her sexuality.
“I wanted to feel like these teenagers were reflective of 2017. That was my continued argument – that come on, it’s 2017. Do I think that in time to come we’ll have a whole team of gay or questioning superheroes? Sure, why not. It’s the world we live in and we need it to reflect it. And I think we handled it with as much grace as we could. And [actress] Becky G. did such an amazing job and it was important to her too.” – Writer John Gatkins
Despite having known from the outset that they wanted to take one of their characters down the LGBT route, both Israelite and Gatkins knew that such a move would have to be well calculated due to the nature of tackling a hot present day topic.
“It was a lot to ask of the Saban company and Lionsgate to go and scratch the surface of this issue.” – Writer John Gatkins
“In a movie of this size, you don’t want to divide your audience. You know, there is a box office component to this that is really important. And it’s very dangerous to put something as controversial as this is in the movie. So it’s very bold of everyone.” – Director Dean Israelite
But Power Rangers is a franchise that has always stood for equality and diversity. And for a movie re-imagining a brand that’s been built on 25 years of fairness and teamwork, it only made sense for the production team to break through a glass ceiling with the first LGBT superhero. And as Israelite explains, the moment when the decision was finally confirmed, the feeling was both memorable and rewarding.
“I remember when we were finally in the editing room with everyone from Saban and Lionsgate, and we looked at the [campfire] scene, we all looked at each other and said ‘Yep, we’re going to do this’. And one of our producers started crying because it was such a profound moment for all of us. I’ll never forget that because it made us all feel that yeah we’re in the movie business, and we’re making a movie, and it’s entertainment, but there’s something important too about this.” – Director Dean Israelite
As for Becky G., the actress who took on the monumental role, she expressed in an exclusive interview (re-watch here) that she couldn’t be more proud to play Trini, and hopes that her character will be the first of many in LGBT-represented characters in Hollywood.
“A part of me was like ‘What’s the big deal?’. A part of me hopes we can get to a place where anybody can be a superhero and they don’t have to be labeled as something. The creatives, and the rest of my cast mates, did a lot to make sure that these characters did touch on these topics, and to make sure that we were a true reflection of the people that would be watching.” – Becky G., who portrayed Trini the Yellow Ranger