Saban’s Power Rangers movie is out now on home video – on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
And while the majority of moviegoers left the theater happy, many have since questioned the premise of making a Power Rangers movie where the Rangers…can’t actually morph.
It was an interesting decision that some fans feel left too little time on the clock for enough morphed footage. Other fans felt impatient waiting to see the teenagers finally don their superhero armor.
But as Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatkins explained in the home video’s Audio Commentary, the decision was made primarily to help set Power Rangers apart from other popular superhero films. Not only that, but it was the premise of not being able to morph that initially even gravitated the duo towards the project.
“This story construct…definitely it was a bold decision to have it be based on the idea that they can’t morph, because I think nobody expected that.” – Writer John Gatkins
“This is what got me interested in the movie – this is a Power Rangers movie where the Power Rangers can’t morph. And I thought that was a very clever way in. Because you’re expecting, in the conventional trope of a superhero movie that they become superheroes, and get their armor, and sure they’ll have to train and figure it out, but that they get those tools.” – Director Dean Israelite
If one thing’s become clear, based on all of the comments made by Director Dean Israelite, the team was well aware of what other popular superhero movies have done, and wanted to steer clear of those pitfalls in order to establish Power Rangers as its own unique superhero franchise. Clearly, making Saban’s Power Rangers movie a unique entry into the superhero genre was among the top of the team’s concerns.
One of the many ways Israelite attempted to make Power Rangers unique, was to ground it with a deep message that could resonate with moviegoers world wide – that five ordinary teens, each of whom is incredibly different from one another, could put aside their differences and struggles to form a new team. And Israelite noted that he believes stalling the team’s morphing ability ultimately tied perfectly into the message he was trying to send.
“What I thought was potentially so clever was this idea that getting your armor was a metaphor. And you had to delay them getting their armor until they had earned it for that metaphor to make any sense.” – Director Dean Israelite
Saban’s Power Rangers was definitely a refreshing entry into the superhero genre, but box office results will force fans to question if the decision to base a Power Rangers movie around the team’s inability to morph will cease any potential sequels for the franchise on the big screen.