90s Kids were all abuzz yesterday after Director Dean Israelite offered insights into the newly released Power Rangers suits. Like most re-makes, fans are fairly divided on their feelings of the new style of armor the Rangers will be sporting. Producer Andrew Menzies had this to say in his interview with Entertainment Weekly,
“It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”
While fans compared the first season’s spandex and first movie’s armored suits with Israelite’s vision of the Power Armor, one thing is clear: these new outfits are unique. But what exactly does all of this tell us about Israelite’s view of the Rangers?
One thing that stands out to me is the tentative language used when Menzies explained that he knows his suits won’t please everyone. That’s to be expected with a revamped franchise. But he explained that the production team is trying to appeal to a more mature audience. This seems on par with previous discussions interviewers have had with the Director about his artistic direction. He’s mentioned that this film will be a PG-13 adaption with quite a bit more action and more violence than the children’s TV series had in the past.
Another thing can be said about the obvious CG effect used with the armor. The renderings that were first released by Entertainment Weekly showed that most of the suits are CG and not actual materials. I’m not too worried about this since computer graphics have come a long way since Ivan Ooze’s quirky effects, but I hope they plan to incorporate more realistic materials with the suits. Something about a live-action Power Rangers film without actual suits feels disappointing.
While some critics of the suits think they feel too “alien” I’m actually impressed with the design. I remember the first film’s release and being blown away with the improvements made from the TV series. But I just hope Israelite doesn’t rely too much on special effects. I want to see a grounded film, not another Michael Bay-esque` action film. Give me substance Dean Israelite!
What do you guys think of the new suits and what they could mean for the film?