'Saban's Power Rangers' news: First look at Rita Repulsa is out


Saban and Lionsgate revealed the first look at the villain Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) in the upcoming reboot film “Saban’s Power Rangers.” The new look sports a design that is noticeably far from the look of the character in the original TV series.

“I’ve never played a villain before,” Banks admitted in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. She also added that with the nature of her character as a villain, she is particularly excited about the part where she has world domination on her mind.

With the new design of the villain Rita Repulsa, fans of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series might notice that it looks nothing like the original design of the character. Banks also the modern take on her character and revealed that her character’s looks will have something to do with what they want to achieve in the filmher deeper connection to the five chosen teenagers.

“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” the actress said. “We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers.”

The upcoming reboot film would be taking on the story of five teenagers with extremely different personalities as they become the powered warriors that can morph into the colorful team of tech-wielding fighters known as the Power Rangers. The “Power Rangers” franchise has been an ongoing franchise for more than a decade now and had a number of feature films in the past. The American series is mostly mirrored from the “Super Sentai” series of the same theme in Japan.

“Saban’s Power Rangers” opens on March 24, 2017.

“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” film director Dean Israelite said in a previous interview. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”