by Abbie Dressler
Saban's ‘Power Rangers’ have always been ahead of its time with diversity and gender equality, now the rangers are representing more than just diverse culture with the release of the new movie.
The ‘Power Rangers’ are back with a new reboot movie (based off of the 90s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), with an extremely diverse cast with Becky G (Latina, yellow ranger),RJ Cyler (African American, blue ranger), Ludi Lin (Chinese, black ranger), Naomi Scott (British, Indian, pink ranger) and Dacre Montgomery (Australian, red ranger). The movie is set in 2017 and focuses on current issues and problems that high school kids can relate too as well as the film being an origin story of how they got there powers.
But what people are talking about the most is the fact that the yellow ranger is gay and is struggling with her identity. Becky G (20) feels proud to have played this character, "I think it's something really beautiful. To me, it makes me sad that it is such a big deal because I feel like it could have been done such a long time ago and it makes me really proud."
Also the Blue ranger is the first superhero to be on the Autism spectrum. In the movie Billy (blue ranger) is bullied in school for being different and finds friends who accept him for who he is. RJ Cyler (22) felt proud and excited to play this character, “I was really excited to be able to play that ‘cos I know it means so much to so many people, ‘cos all of us are affected by it… and it’s something I feel like we needed to have in this movie, to be honest.”
‘Power Rangers’ (PG-13) is in theatres now and has already made 59.2 million dollars in the U.S box office in the first week of release.