We reported a few weeks ago that Bryan Cranston was set for the new Power Rangers movie as their mentor, Zordon – yes, the face int he lava lamp – and now the Breaking Bad star has revealed why he decided to get on board the movie, despite his initial thoughts.
It’s true to say that Cranston was not on our radar to appear in this particular movie, but it certainly got our attention.
Now, however, despite being a voice actor in the original Power Rangers, Cranston has admitted he was pretty reluctant to do it until he found out that it was a serious restart to the series: “At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like, ‘Oh, OK,’” he told Huffington Post.
“I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different.’ This is as different a reimagining as the Batman television series as it became the Batman movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the Power Rangers to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.”
“I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that because you’re dealing with teenagers.
So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that — hopes and dreams — and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the Power Rangers. And what you would get is this new version, this new reimagined version.”
We’re not sure if we want Power Rangers to go all ‘Dark Knight’ on us, but we have to admit the serious approach has us definitely pondering what is in store.
What about you guys? Any Power Rangers fan out there? We want to hear your thoughts….
Power Rangers is set for release March 24, 2017.