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First Official Image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’

Entertainment Weekly has released the first official look at the villain in next year’s Saban’s Power Rangers which will hit theaters on March 24, 2017. Elizabeth Banks will portray the villainous Rita Repulsa as she faces off against the new generation of Power Rangers. Check out the image below!

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As a lifelong Power Rangers fan I have been skeptical but still very excited about the idea of a new film based on the super-powered teenagers. On one hand, the franchise has become somewhat of a joke among modern geek culture with all of the different iterations of the television show and the cheesiness that comes with them. On the other hand, the mythology of the original series is something that has a lot of potential as far as a sci-fi, young adult action franchise. It all depends on how they approach the whole thing. Are they going to make it goofy and childish? If so, I would rather them not make it at all. Are they going to approach it similar to The Hunger Games or the first Maze Runner film? If they do that they can come out with something pretty cool.

I’ve got to admit I was worried about Rita Repulsa being the villain because the character is a bit silly in the original series. However, they cast the perfect person to play a modern version of her in Elizabeth Banks and the first image of her looks incredible in my opinion! It’s a perfect mixture of making her look like an alien, which is important to her origin, and having her fit a more modern take. My only reservation is that she really looks like a cosplay of Batman villain Poison Ivy. If I just saw this image and didn’t know what it was from, that would be my first guess. Other than that I think she looks amazing and Banks is going to kill it as a crazy, powerful and bada** version of Rita.

Considering this image, the casting of Banks, the director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and having the writers of X-Men: First Class and Marvel’s Thor behind the script, I have nothing but positive hopes for the film. I will definitely be there and be excited on March 24, 2017 when Saban’s Power Rangers hit theaters. How I feel when I leave the theater will depend on the film itself.

How about you movie lovers? What do you think of the image of Banks as Rita? Are you excited for the film? Let us know in the comment section!

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