March 20, 2017


'Power Rangers' Introduces Hollywood's First Openly Gay Superhero

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Tim Palen/Lionsgate

Warning: there are Power Rangers spoilers ahead!

Power Rangers is making its own history as it welcomes Hollywood's first openly gay superhero on the big screen. It comes as a major feat, as Marvel and DC have yet to expand their characters' diversity in this transparent manner in their movies.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot of the popular '90s TV show includes a scene in the second act where Yellow Ranger Trini (played by Becky G) has a "pivotal" moment. One character assumes that she is having "boyfriend problems," yet later realizes that Trini is actually having issues with her girlfriend.

"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet," director Dean Israelite explains. "I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."

THR points out that Marvel and DC have LGBT characters like Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Ice-Man in the comics. But their sexuality was portrayed as straight when featured on screen. Last fall, DC Comics writer Greg Rucka stated that Wonder Woman is queer. Yet we'll have to wait to see if her storyline in the upcoming live-action movie will reflect that.

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. It also stars Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. 

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