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  • This is the third Power Rangers movie to be on the big screen, after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). However, this is a reboot of the series and is not connected to these two films.
  • Roberto Orci was originally going to produce the film, but has dropped out due to commitments with Star Trek Beyond (2016).
  • Originally scheduled for release on July 22, 2016, Lionsgate delayed the release to January 2017 to allow the film "room to grow." The date was pushed again to March 24, 2017.
  • K.J. Apa, Enrique Alejandro, Mitchell Hope and Austin Butler were considered for the role of Jason Lee Scott.
  • Daniel Zovatto, Ross Butler and Brian Marc were considered for the role of Zack Taylor.
  • Olivia Holt, Stefanie Scott and AnnaSophia Robb were considered for the role of Kimberly Ann Hart.
  • It is the first theatrical Power Rangers theatrical film in twenty years.
  • The producers cite Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films and the teen dramedy The Breakfast Club (1985) as an influence on the film.
  • The Power Ranger uniforms have been upgraded from spandex armor to an alien crystal that forms around the rangers.
  • Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon in the film, previously voiced the monsters Twin Man and Snizzard in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
  • Some Angel Grove street signs read "Reefside" and "Ocean Bluff Rd." These are a reference to Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) and Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), which were set in the cities of Reefside and Ocean Bluff. In the movie Sam Scott also mentions "Mariner Bay", a location from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000).
  • This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the characters Jason, Zack, & Trini as Rangers. Jason had previously appeared in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) but was a civilian, while Zack and Trini make their film debut for the first time.
  • In an early draft by Max Landis, the writer switched the colors of both Kimberly and Zack, making Zack the Pink Ranger and Kimberly the Black Ranger. This concept was quickly scrapped.
  • In Trini's bedroom, there is a window that features a circle with a tiger's head; this was the Yellow Ranger's original Power Coin design in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
  • At one point the Yellow Ranger Trini wears a shirt that reads 1973. This was the year that the original Trini, the late Thuy Trang was born.
  • Jason's vehicle is a red Dodge Dakota.
  • The Power Morphers in this film are based on the Power Coins from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (a set of coins with animal motif) and the Dino Gems from Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) (a set of colored jewels that grant superpowers).
  • The Rangers having their visors removed was taken from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) (scenes deleted), Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000) and Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003).
  • The Angel Grove High logo in the film is the same one used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
  • It is the first Power Rangers theatrical film to receive a PG-13 rating. The previous two theatrical films were rated PG.
  • The teaser trailer generated more than 150 million views in its first 48 hours.
  • Zack is excited at being a Black ranger, which the black character Billy is slightly offended by. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Zack Taylor (originally played by Walter Jones) was a black character.
  • The scenes concerning Angel Grove were filmed in the British Colombian interior city of Kamloops - the downtown area and the Kamloops First Nations reserve. This is most evident during a explosion, where Kamloops' downtown landmark "Zack's Coffee & Tea" is blown to bits.
  • It is the first Power Rangers movie that is over two hours long.
  • It is the first Power Rangers film to not feature Bulk and Skull.
  • In preparation for the movie, the streaming service Twitch streamed all 831 episodes of the show, lasting from March 14 to March 30, 2017.
  • Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank, who were Kimberly and Tommy in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), have cameo roles in this film as Angel Grove citizens. They are seen wearing their Ranger colors (pink and green) from that show.
  • When Goldar is being constructed from the gold, Rita Repulsa ( Elisabeth Banks ) say the infamous line: Make my monster grow.
  • In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) the Yellow Ranger was female and in its Japanese version Super Sentai Zyuranger (1992) the Yellow Ranger was a male; the obvious difference could be seen since Power Rangers used footage from Zyuranger that showed the Pink Ranger having a skirt but the Yellow Ranger not having one. This is homaged in the film by having Trini be lesbian and by having her tease her siblings on whether the Yellow Ranger is a man or a woman.
  • The school used as Angel Grove High School in this film is the same school used for Smallville High School on Smallville (2001).
  • The film opened wide in the United States on March 24, 2017. In The Breakfast Club (1985), which the filmmakers call an influence on the film, the students met for detention on March 24, 1984, 33 years earlier.
  • Jason, Kimberly, and Billy pass a note around in detention that reads "We should start a band." Naomi Scott (Kimberly) was in the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth (2011) which is about kids in detention starting a band.
  • In Billy's bedroom, there are toys of Squat, Baboo and Finster on his shelf. These monsters were characters from the original television series up to Power Rangers in Space (1998).
  • The first Power Rangers film to repeatedly include adult language in its dialogue, resulting in the first PG-13 rating for such a film.
  • When the Zords charge into battle, the theme song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) is heard. Composer Brian Tyler had created an orchestral score of the "Power Rangers" theme, but the filmmakers decided to use the original theme song instead.
  • A linguist was hired to create the language of Eltar. Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader had trouble with the language, but Elizabeth Banks became fluent in it.
  • According to the director Dean Israelite, a scene in the trailer of Jason and Kimberly kissing was cut after test audiences voiced that they felt it put focus on their romance as opposed to Kimberly's redemption story.
  • When the rangers train in "the pit" there is a glimpse of a scorpion running across a rock. This is likely a reference to Scorpina who does not appear in the film but did appear in the original series as a villain.
  • The watch that Billy wears is the watch from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), which Billy made in that show so that the Rangers can communicate with each other/teleport to Zordon.
  • Naomi Scott, who plays Kimberly the Pink Ranger, originally auditioned for the role of Trini the Yellow Ranger.
  • Becky G's feature film debut.
  • Jason throws a Camaro car, calling it Bumblebee after the heroic Autobot from the "Transformers" live-action films. The film features two "Transformers" actors, Fred Tatasciore and Garry Chalk.
  • Naomi Scott (Kimberly), RJ Cyler (Billy) and Becky G (Trini) were born in 1993, 1995 and 1997 - the same years Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) came out.
  • Throughout the movie, all the Power Rangers wear something (clothes/jewelry) that is their Ranger color.
  • Trini's campfire "confession" makes Power Rangers the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
  • Ludi Lin, who plays Zack the Black Ranger, auditioned for the movie in a low-equipped TV studio in Singapore because he had no time to go to Los Angeles. He learned while being in Beijing, China, from his manager that the director was really impressed by him.
  • The Ranger actors worked a lot with their stunt doubles for the fighting scenes, and had extensive training prior to shooting and they learned a diverse range of styles.
  • Actress Naomi Scott who plays Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, wasn't a fan of the original TV Series Power Rangers, as she was born exactly the year that the program was released on air in 1993, but she was aware of the theme of the movie as she was playing Power Rangers with her brother as a kid.
  • Actresses Naomi Scott and Becky G, who play Kimberly the Pink Ranger and Trini the Yellow Ranger Trini, weren't fans of Power Rangers, as they were born during its debut era (the 1990s), but they became aware of the theme of the movie by their family members. Scott would play Power Rangers with her brother as a kid, and Becky learned about Power Rangers from her cousin.
  • Amy Jo Johnson revealed in an interview that she only landed her cameo after her agent phoned the production in Canada. She had been turned down when her agent in the United States had attempted to secure her a cameo.
  • According to actor Dacre Montgomery (Jason) there was more of an emphasis on the romance between Jason and Kimberly in production than what ended up in the film. He suggested there was potential to delve deeper into that aspect of their relationship in future installments.
  • The scene in which both Jason and Kimberly kiss, was removed from the theatrical release of the film, but it can be briefly seen in the debut teaser trailer.
  • Many fans have postulated that the character Billy Cranston, in both the series and the film, is named after Bryan Cranston, who had done voice work for Saban Entertainment and plays Zordon in this film. In actuality, the character name appeared in Haim Saban's original (unsuccessful) pitch for an American adaptation of Super Electronic Bioman (1984).
  • Much of the Storybrooke, Maine buildings from Once Upon A Time (2011) can be seen, including the infamous library however the CGI clock tower has been removed from its roof.
  • Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery and Becky G have all spoken in favor of casting a woman as the traditionally male Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. Dacre Montgomery named Gigi Hadid, who is a big fan of the franchise and campaigned for the role of Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger in this film, as his choice.
  • K.J. Apa and Ross Butler auditioned for the roles of Rangers Jason and Zack. Both would later be cast as rivals Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle on Riverdale (2017) while their co-star Cody Kearsley who portrayed Moose Mason appeared in the film.
  • In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), all five Rangers were given a custom weapon which they could combine to form a powerful weapon. In this film, Jason is the only Ranger to wield a custom weapon. The filmmakers said they wanted all the other Rangers to get their weapons but this had to be cut out for running time purposes.
  • The Angel Grove High School and football field used in this film is the exact same school and field used for Smallville High School on the TV show Smallville (from season 1 to 4). The building was painted in a different color back then.
  • The first Power Rangers movies to feature Rita Repulsa as the main antagonist. In the first movie Ivan Ooze was the main antagonist, while Rita was only a secondary villain along side Lord Zedd. In Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Divatox was the main antagonist and Rita only had a cameo in it.
  • The first Power Rangers movie to not feature the characters Rocky DeSantos and Adam Park.
  • This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the original Dino Zords from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). The previous Power Rangers films each debuted a set of new Zords: the Ninja Zords in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and the Turbo Zords in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997).
  • According to audio commentary from director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins the scene between Jason and Kimberly where they discuss running away together was the scene used to audition for the characters. They indicated it was one of the first scenes written for the film.
  • Ludi Lin visited his old high school to prepare for his role as Zack. He blended in successfully, even telling some students he was a transfer student and asking for a tour, until one of his old teachers walked up to him and said, "Ludi? You're still here?"
  • During the closing credits, a statement reads: "Based on Super Sentai by Toei Productions". This marks this film as one of the few "Power Rangers" features to pay homage to its Japanese origins.
  • Naomi Scott actually cut off her hair in Kimberly's haircut scene.
  • First theatrical Power Rangers movie to be released in the Blu-ray format.
  • In the scenes following the Rangers discovering they had changed, Jason is wearing a shirt with the logo for C. F. Martin and Co. C. F. Martin and Co. is the official name of the manufacturer of Martin Guitars located in Nazareth Pennsylvania
  • In the TV series, Zordon and Rita Repulsa were not originally Power Rangers, and had not previously been friends. In the original canon, Zordon defended several worlds across the universe against Rita and her minions. Rita joined Lord Zedd (who directed her to conquer Earth, the location of the powerful Zeo Crystal). Meanwhile, Zordon had discovered the five Power Coins. Zordon challenged Rita in a final meeting to decide the fate of the universe. Using the Power Coins, Zordon trapped Rita and her minions in a space dumpster. Despite being trapped, Rita was able to banish Zordon into a time warp.
  • In the TV series, Zordon was trapped in a time warp by Rita Repulsa. In the film, Alpha 5 transferred Zordon's essence into the ship as he died, keeping him "alive" inside the Power Grid until it could be reopened by the next generation of Power Rangers, enabling Zordon to be revived in a new body.
  • Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson who played Tommy Oliver (The Green/White Ranger) and Kimberly Hart (The Pink Ranger) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (TV Series) make cameos during the final battle between The Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa and Goldar.
  • To popular belief, Elizabeth Banks is not the first notable actor/actress to play the main villain in a Power Rangers movie, Paul Freeman, famous for playing 'Belloq' in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), played the main villain (Ivan Ooze) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).
  • To confirm her casting announcement on Twitter, Elizabeth Banks said "After 10,000 years I'm free, it's time to conquer earth, time to play Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers Movie!". (in reference to the character's line in the opening credits of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)).
  • Elizabeth Banks spoke of difficulties while playing Rita Repulsa. The green contact lenses mostly blinded her (that she couldn't know where the electric cords were on the studio when she walked around) and the staff was heavier than it looked, she feared it would break her arm when she carried it.
  • The film was rated 18+ in Russia, due to having Trini be a homosexual character.
  • Becky G (being 19 at the time of filming) was the only actual teenager of the five "teenagers", with three of them not even American either.
  • Iggy Azalea was offered the role of Rita Repulsa but rejected the part.
  • As he served as a producer, Haim Saban was overall supportive of the film, but expressed disappointment at the scene where Rita kills Billy, because, according to an interview with director Dean Israelite, he doesn't like seeing his characters die. Austin St. John also expressed disappointment in the reboot, particularly the film versions of the Zords, which he called "Chihuahua Zords" and likened to Chia Pets due to their smaller stature than their series counterparts. He also felt that the film should've given Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson a better cameo appearance, saying he would only be willing to cameo in any future sequels if it amounted to more than "three seconds with a cell phone at the end." He gave the movie's rendition of Zordon his approval, however, as well as the scene where his old character Jason smacks the bully harassing Billy in detention. Johnny Yong Bosch did not like this movie's iteration of Goldar.
  • Elizabeth Banks and David Denman later worked together in the movie "Brightburn" (2019).

Spoilers

  • The film is influenced by the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) show (Rita Repulsa comes to Earth and the Power Rangers are formed to stop her) and Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) (a group of misfit teenagers become Rangers).
  • Rita Repulsa is based on her original version in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (an evil space witch), but incorporates elements from her minions Scorpina (a sadistic villain in skimpy gear) and the Green Power Ranger (a former Ranger turned evil who wears green and gold).
  • The Rangers are majorly based on their versions in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack, Trini), but also draw inspiration from various characters over the "Power Rangers" saga: * Red Ranger - Jason Lee Scott is an athlete who suffered a career-ending injury (like the second MMPR Ranger Rocky DeSantos) and has a difficult relationship with his father (like Wesley Collins in Time Force) * Pink Ranger - Kimberly Hart is a former diva who did something wrong and wants to make up for it (similar to Summer Landsdown in RPM) * Blue Ranger - Billy Cranston is a geeky black kid ( like Ethan James in Dino Thunder and Noah Carver in Power Rangers Megaforce) * Black Ranger - Zack Taylor is based on Adam Park * Yellow Ranger - Trini Kwan is an original characterization.
  • Trini is the first ever Power Ranger to be a member of the LGBT community.
  • Rita Repulsa in this film is the first ever female Green Ranger.
  • A mid credits scene depicts a missing Tommy in detention and shows a green jacket, only furthering the nod to having the green ranger in the sequel.
  • The Zords in this film are capable of actually morphing their shape, rather than being mechanical beings that can twist their limbs into different configurations.
  • According to the film novelization, it takes years for the Rangers to combine their Zords into Megazords. This makes the Megazord formation in the film more meaningful and impressive.
  • In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Zordon was sealed in a dimension, but still kept his body. In this film, his body actually dies and his consciousness is stored into a computer.
  • According to the film novelization, the Zords morph into the form of the most powerful animals existing at the time of their creation. Thus, the Zords in this film are prehistoric animals at first (mastodon, triceratops, pterodactyl, saber-toothed tiger, tyrannosaurus) and then as a Megazord morph and combine into a replica of Goldar.
  • This is the first time in the Power Rangers franchise that a ranger is shown to be on the autism spectrum.
  • In the Zord battle scene, when Kimberly's Pterodactyl Zord is on fire she says, "I'm burning up in here." This line came from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) when Ivan Ooze shocked her Crane Zord.
  • Jason David Frank, who originated the role of Tommy, the Green (and later White) Ranger, has a cameo in the film where he holds up his phone and records footage of the Power Rangers. During the premiere of the film, Frank was ejected from the theater for attempting to record his own cameo on his phone.
  • When Rita is defeated by the Megazord, she is last seen hurling to the moon and she starts to smile. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Rita has her lair on the moon.
  • When Rita attacks the Rangers in their normal form you can see sparks appear at the spots where they are hit. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) any hit, whether it was against the Rangers or the villains, resulted in sparks shooting out.
  • There are references in the film to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), the first "Power Rangers" cinematic feature: * the main villain is a long-imprisoned former enemy (Ivan Ooze, Rita) * the Rangers must go through training, fighting monsters in a pit * a heroic character is killed and resurrected * the final battle involves the Rangers' Zords fighting a semi-solid giant monster (Ivan Ooze, Goldar).
  • The Zeo Crystal in Power Rangers Zeo (1996) was a new source of power to upgrade the Power Rangers. In this film it is a crystal that generates life on worlds.
  • Elizabeth Banks improvised eating the gold necklace at the jewelry store.
  • Rita kills Billy by drowning him. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) Billy is afraid of drowning.
  • Although Billy briefly (and accidentally) morphs early on, the entire team of five Rangers doesn't successfully morph into their armor until an hour and half into the film, roughly 3/4 of the way through.
  • Tommy Oliver is infamous in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) for coming late to a battle, or for being absent for Ranger duty for a great deal of time. He is seen absent from detention at registration.
  • Tommy Oliver's detention desk contains elements that homage his life in the Power Rangers saga: * A green dragon jacket - Tommy's first Zord was a green dragon * A "Better Choices" book - Tommy was recruited by villains, but realized he was wrong and left them * A book on biology - Tommy earned a degree in paleontology, a branch of biology.
  • Towards the end of the movie while Trini is repairing her room, she asks her brothers how do they know the yellow ranger is a boy and not a girl? This is a reference to the original Super Sentai series where the Yellow Ranger was played by a male. This was changed to a female Yellow Ranger in the American series but still kept the male Ranger outfit while morphed.
  • In this version of the Power Rangers, Goldar is a monster created by Rita Repulsa and made of actual gold. Goldar from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996) was a blue-skinned humanoid cat that wore a golden suit of armor. He was under the command of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd.
  • The Zords are said to have taken the form of the Earth's most powerful beings at the time of their creation, and as such, they take the form of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Tricerotops, Pteradactyl, Mastodon, and Sabretooth Cat. However, these five animals did not exist in the same historical era. The T.Rex, Triceratops, and Pteradactyl lived during the Cretaceous period (67-65 million years ago) of the Mesozoic era, whereas the Mastodon and Sabretooth Cat lived during the Pleistocene Epoch (2.5 million-10,000 years ago) of the current Cenozoic era.
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