Earlier today, fans got a look at the official costumes for Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot, which is currently shooting in Vancouver. While this is our first time seeing the heroes’ costumes, we have previously seen photos from the set featuring two different versions of Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa. It didn’t take some fans long to notice a few striking similarities between the Rangers’ and Rita Repulsa‘s suits, which has lead to a new fan theory that Rita Repulsa is actually the Green Ranger.
A Reddit user posted a retouched photo that offers a side-by-side glimpse at one of the Elizabeth Banks set photos, compared with an altered version of Naomi Scott’s Pink Ranger costume. As you can see in the image below, both are quite similar, although not quite identical. Yet it still may be a valid fan theory. Naturally, we don’t expect to get any confirmation until the movie hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
It’s worth noting that the Green Ranger was one of the original heroes in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, but this character wasn’t included in the reboot’s lineup. The new Power Rangers include Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy. There have been rumors that the story begins 65 million years ago, with the Rangers from that era taking on Rita Repulsa, who gets sent through a black hole by the Red Ranger, Zordon, and that the Rangers from 65 million years ago may actually be the same characters from the current series Power Rangers: Dino Charge.
Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Directed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers is written by John Gatins, Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, and Max Landis. Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen. The all-new Power Rangers will be unleashed in theaters on March 24, 2017, which will go up against Warner Bros.’ Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, 20th Century Fox’s A Cure For Wellness and Sony’s Life. Take a look at the side-by-side photo of Rita Repulsa and the altered Power Rangers costume, and let us know what you think of this Green Ranger fan theory.
— Nick (@Spirit31k) May 5, 2016