Rebooted Power Rangers return to big screen


The latest reboot of the 1990s Power Rangers children’s television series held its world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Directed by Dean Israelite, the film tells the backstories of the five teenage characters – a misfit, a loner, a school bully, an intellectual and a drop-out – and their transformation into action heroes.

“It’s like an instruction manual of how to become a Power Ranger because you go through the kids’ journey…these inadequate insecure little kids, and how they become superheroes,” said actor Ludi Lin, who plays the Black Ranger.

As in the television series, the Rangers’ mission is to stop arch villain Rita Repulsa, played in the rebooted film version by American actor Elizabeth Banks.

“It’s hard work. I will say that but it was really fun to yell at everyone,” Banks said. “It’s fun to feel like I was invincible.”

Earlier in the day, Power Rangers creator and producer Haim Saban received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in television.

It also spawned three theatrical films, with the latest, Saban’s Power Rangers, set to open in US theatres on Friday.