Rita Repulsa, is that you?!
A few months back, it was announced that Elizabeth Banks would take on the role of the venomous Power Rangers villain. People was the first to share a snap from behind the scenes.
I have to admit I was surprised to see the stylized updates to the costume. Gone are the sculpted hair horns, Madonna-style cone bra, and the giant Elizabethan collar, and in its place are a more reptilian aesthetic (that gives me Dragon Ball Z flashbacks) with gold accents and Lady Gaga-inspired prosthetics. “It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” Banks told the glossy.
The film is based on the ’90s TV show that pits five super-powered teens against Rita Repulsa’s (and eventually Lord Zedd’s) plot to conquer Earth. The Power Rangers were a phenomenon that kids like me devoured, nabbing everything from toys to costumes to tickets to its own movie back in ’95. But surprisingly enough, Banks was initially introduced to the Power Rangers by her brother. “It might be his favorite show of all time,” she joked.
Though Banks admitted that she’s never played a villain, her hilarious roles in The Lego Movie and Pitch Perfect give me a feeling that she’ll do the character justice. But for now, we’ll just have to wait and see who else may emerge from a space dumpster to take on the Rangers in their quest to defeat Zordon of Eltar.