It looks like Power Rangers will be breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has done. The Lionsgate remake of the 90’s classic will be the first big-budget superhero movie to feature a gay superhero. Talk about representation!
Rumour has it, that during the second act there’s a scene in which the titular heroes learn that Trini (the Yellow Ranger) played by Becky G is coming to terms with her sexual orientation. The scene sees one of the other characters assuming she’s having “boyfriend problems”, and soon realises that she’s actually having “girlfriend problems.” While it may be just a small moment, director Dean Israelite is calling it “pivotal” one for the film.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. 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.”
There’s been an increasing amount of LGBTI representation in comics over the years, however when it comes to their big screen adaptations that aspect of its source material is often left overlooked. While characters such as Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Northstar, Ice Man, Batwoman and Harley Quinn have been shown to fit on the LGBTI spectrum on the page, but when it comes to the big screen, not so much.
Unlike the big screen, itt must be noted though that LGBTI superheroes have been getting a bit of screen time on television. Thanks to shows like Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow featuring queer characters, and with Supergirl also set to include a prominent lesbian storyline this season, this is further cements the fact that the big screen is falling behind with LGBTI representation.
Needless to say the news that Power Rangers is featuring a gay character in one of lead roles is welcomed by many including one of the original Power Rangers. David Yost who played Billy Cranston (The Blue Ranger) from 1993 to 1996 and left the series after suffering anti-gay harassment while on set, has praised the news.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” says Yost. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
This makes me even more excited to attend the preview screening tonight!
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]