'Power Rangers' Movie to Feature First On-Screen LGBT Superhero
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 22:28
A character assumes she is having "boyfriend troubles", before realizing that maybe she is actually having "girlfriend troubles" in a scene director Dean Israelite calls a "pivotal" moment in the film.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film's release at the end of this week, Israelite said: "For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is". "She hasn't fully figured it out yet". LGBT characters in big budget movies are few and far between: Last year's "Star Trek Beyond" revealed that Sulu (John Cho) was gay, in another brief moment.
As soon as the casting for the upcoming Power Rangers flick was announced, it shattered expectations and broke new ground in superhero films with its multi-cultural cast.
In the original Power Rangers series, the Yellow Ranger was played by the late actress Thuy Trang, who is credited as the character for 81 episodes from 1993-94 on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Trini confesses her sexuality in an Act 2 campfire scene where the teens rest from their heroic training and opening up about their feelings.
While LGBTI representation is getting better in comic books, for example with Midnighter in DC and Iceman in Marvel receiving solo titles. The CW's Supergirl, while controversial, also features a queer character.
And for the people who think this is pushing some kind of agenda, let me stop you right there: All representation like this does is show that different kinds of people exist in the world.
The superhero film came after Disney introduced an openly gay character, LeFou, played by actor Josh Gad in the "Beauty and the Beast" live-action remake directed by Bill Condon.
Superheroes that are gay are now not the norm.
The Power Rangers movie reboot will open on Friday nationwide; advance tickets are available now.