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The Angel Grove High logo in the film is the same one used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon in the film, previously voiced the monsters Twin Man and Snizzard in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank, who were Kimberly and Tommy in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), have cameo roles in this film as Angel Grove citizens. They are seen wearing their Ranger colors (pink and green) from that show.
In Trini's bedroom, there is a window that features a circle with a tiger's head; this was the Yellow Ranger's original Power Coin design in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
At one point the Yellow Ranger Trini wears a shirt that reads 1973. This was the year that the original Trini ,Thuy Trang was born.
A linguist was hired to create the language of Eltar. Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader had trouble with the language, but Elizabeth Banks became fluent in it.
Originally scheduled for release on July 22, 2016, Lionsgate delayed the release to January 2017 to allow the film "room to grow." The date was pushed again to March 24, 2017.
The teaser trailer generated more than 150 million views in its first 48 hours.
The school used as Angel Grove High School in this film is the same school used for Smallville High School on Smallville (2001).
It is the first theatrical Power Rangers theatrical film in twenty years.
The Power Morphers in this film are based on the Power Coins from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (a set of coins with animal motif) and the Dino Gems from Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) (a set of colored jewels that grant superpowers).
In preparation for the movie, the streaming service Twitch streamed all 831 episodes of the show, lasting from March 14 to March 30, 2017.
The Power Ranger uniforms have been upgraded from spandex armor to an alien crystal that forms around the rangers.
Some Angel Grove street signs read "Reefside" and "Ocean Bluff Rd." These are a reference to Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) and Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), which were set in the cities of Reefside and Ocean Bluff. In the movie Sam Scott also mentions "Mariner Bay", a location from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000).
According to the director Dean Israelite, a scene in the trailer of Jason and Kimberly kissing was cut after test audiences voiced that they felt it put focus on their romance as opposed to Kimberly's redemption story.
The watch that Billy wears is the watch from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), which Billy made in that show so that the Rangers can communicate with each other/teleport to Zordon.
This is the third Power Rangers movie to be on the big screen, after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). However, this is a reboot of the series and is not connected to these two films.
It is the first Power Rangers film to not feature Bulk and Skull.
Ludi Lin visited his old high school to prepare for his role as Zack. He blended in successfully, even telling some students he was a transfer student and asking for a tour, until one of his old teachers walked up to him and said, "Ludi? You're still here?"
Throughout the movie, all the Power Rangers wear something (clothes/jewelry) that is their Ranger color.
Amy Jo Johnson revealed in an interview that she only landed her cameo after her agent phoned the production in Canada. She had been turned down when her agent in the United States had attempted to secure her a cameo.
Naomi Scott actually cut off her hair in Kimberly's haircut scene.
The film opened wide in the United States on March 24, 2017. In The Breakfast Club (1985), which the filmmakers call an influence on the film, the students met for detention on March 24, 1984, 33 years earlier.
When the Zords charge into battle, the theme song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) is heard. Composer Brian Tyler had created an orchestral score of the "Power Rangers" theme, but the filmmakers decided to use the original theme song instead.
Zack is excited at being a Black ranger, which the black character Billy is slightly offended by. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Zack Taylor (originally played by Walter Jones) was a black character.
Much of the Storybrooke, Maine buildings from Once Upon A Time (2011) can be seen, including the infamous library however the CGI clock tower has been removed from its roof.
It is the first Power Rangers theatrical film to receive a PG-13 rating. The previous two theatrical films were rated PG.
In Billy's bedroom, there are toys of Squat, Baboo and Finster on his shelf. These monsters were characters from the original television series up to Power Rangers in Space (1998).
In an early draft by Max Landis, the writer switched the colors of both Kimberly and Zack, making Zack the Pink Ranger and Kimberly the Black Ranger. This concept was quickly scrapped.
During the closing credits, a statement reads: "Based off of Super Sentai by Toei Productions". This marks this film as one of the few "Power Rangers" features to pay homage to its Japanese origins.
Stefanie Scott and AnnaSophia Robb were considered for the role of Kimberly Ann Hart.
According to actor Dacre Montgomery (Jason) there was more of an emphasis on the romance between Jason and Kimberly in production than what ended up in the film. He suggested there was potential to delve deeper into that aspect of their relationship in future installments.
Many fans have postulated that the character Billy Cranston, in both the series and the film, is named after Bryan Cranston, who had done voice work for Saban Entertainment and plays Zordon in this film. In actuality, the character name appeared in Haim Saban's original (unsuccessful) pitch for an American adaptation of Super Electronic Bioman (1984).
The producers cite Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films and the teen dramedy The Breakfast Club (1985) as an influence on the film. Elizabeth Banks (Rita Repulsa in this film) co-starred in Raimi's Spider-Man films as Betty Brant.
Ludi Lin, who plays Zack the Black Ranger, auditioned for the movie in a low-equipped TV studio in Singapore because he had no time to go to Los Angeles. He learned while being in Beijing, China, from his manager that the director was really impressed by him.
Jason, Kimberly, and Billy pass a note around in detention that reads "We should start a band." Naomi Scott (Kimberly) was in the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth (2011) which is about kids in detention starting a band.
The Ranger actors worked a lot with their stand doubles for the fighting scenes, and had extensive training prior to shooting and they learned a diverse range of styles.
Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery and Becky G have all spoken in favor of casting a woman as the traditionally male Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. Dacre Montgomery named Gigi Hadid, who is a big fan of the franchise and campaigned for the role of Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger in this film, as his choice.
The Rangers having their visors removed was taken from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) (scenes deleted), Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000) and Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003).
In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), all five Rangers were given a custom weapon which they could combine to form a powerful weapon. In this film, Jason is the only Ranger to wield a custom weapon. The filmmakers said they wanted all the other Rangers to get their weapons but this had to be cut out for running time purposes.
This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the characters Jason, Zack, & Trini as Rangers. Jason had previously appeared in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) but was a civilian, while Zack and Trini make their film debut for the first time.
Jason throws a Camaro car, calling it Bumblebee after the heroic Autobot from the "Transformers" live-action films. The film features two "Transformers" actors, Fred Tatasciore and Garry Chalk.
Naomi Scott (Kimberly), RJ Cyler (Billy) and Becky G (Trini) were born in 1993, 1995 and 1997 - the same years Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) came out.
It is the first Power Rangers movie that is over two hours long.
Naomi Scott, who plays Kimberly the Pink Ranger, originally auditioned for the role of Trini the Yellow Ranger.
The scenes concerning Angel Grove were filmed in the British Colombian interior city of Kamloops - the downtown area and the Kamloops First Nations reserve. This is most evident during a explosion, where Kamloops' downtown landmark "Zack's Coffee & Tea" is blown to bits.
Becky G's feature film debut.
The first Power Rangers movies to feature Rita Repulsa as the main antagonist. In the first movie Ivan Ooze was the main antagonist, while Rita was only a secondary villain along side Lord Zedd. In Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Divatox was the main antagonist and Rita only had a cameo in it.
Roberto Orci was originally going to produce the film, but has dropped out due to commitments with Star Trek: Beyond (2016).
K.J. Apa, Enrique Alejandro, Mitchell Hope and Austin Butler were considered for the role of Jason Lee Scott.
According to audio commentary from director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins the scene between Jason and Kimberly where they discuss running away together was the scene used to audition for the characters. They indicated it was one of the first scenes written for the film.
Actresses Naomi Scott and Becky G, who play Kimberly the Pink Ranger and Trini the Yellow Ranger Trini, weren't fans of Power Rangers, as they were born during its debut era (the 1990s), but they became aware of the theme of the movie by their family members. Scott would play Power Rangers with her brother as a kid, and Becky learned about Power Rangers from her cousin.
K.J. Apa and Ross Butler auditioned for the roles of Rangers Jason and Zack. Both would later be cast as rivals Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle on Riverdale (2016).
Jason's vehicle is a red Dodge Dakota.
Power Rangers is considered to be the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
Daniel Zovatto, Ross Butler and Brian Marc were considered for the role of Zack Taylor.
This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the original Dino Zords from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). The previous Power Rangers films each debuted a set of new Zords: the Ninja Zords in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and the Turbo Zords in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997).
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In the TV series, Zordon and Rita Repulsa weren't friends and weren't Power Rangers. In Zordon and Rita Repulsa's original backstory: Zordon led his warriors against Rita and her factions when Rita set out to conquer many worlds across the universe which many of Zordon's warriors were lost. After Rita joined Lord Zedd whom assigned her to conquer Earth, which was the location of the powerful Zeo Crystal and Zordon discovered the five Power Coins. Zordon had challenged Rita in a final meeting to decide the fate of the universe which was decided through a coin toss and Zordon used the Power Coins and won the toss and trapped Rita and her minions in a space dumpster and Rita used her powers and banished Zordon into a time warp.
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Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson who played Tommy Oliver (The Green/White Ranger) and Kimberley Hart (The Pink Hart) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (TV Series) make cameos during the final battle between The Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa and Goldar.
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It is the first Power Rangers film to include multiple foul language in its dialogue. "Turbo: A Power Rangers: Movie" only featured the "H" word which was spoken by Divatox.
The first Power Rangers movie to not feature the characters Rocky DeSantos and Adam Park.
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In the scenes following the Rangers discovering they had changed, Jason is wearing a shirt with the logo for C. F. Martin and Co. C. F. Martin and Co. is the official name of the manufacturer of Martin Guitars located in Nazareth Pennsylvania
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To confirm her casting announcement on Twitter, Elizabeth Banks said "After 10,000 years I'm free, it's time to conquer earth, time to play Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers Movie!". (in reference to the character's line in the opening credits of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)).
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In the TV series, Zordon was trapped in a time warp by Rita Repulsa. In the film, Zordon's essence was saved by Alpha 5 when he died and imprinted on their ship which he existed as an avatar of the ship.
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First theatrical Power Rangers movie to be released in the Blu-ray format.
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To popular belief, Elizabeth Banks is not the first notable actor/actress to play the main villain in a Power Rangers movie, Paul Freeman, famous for playing 'Belloq' in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), played the main villain (Ivan Ooze) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Jason David Frank was kicked out of a theater for trying to record his cameo during the premiere of the movie.
When Rita is defeated by the Megazord, she is last seen hurling to the moon and she starts to smile. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Rita has her lair on the moon.
Rita Repulsa is based on her original version in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (an evil space witch), but incorporates elements from her minions Scorpina (a sadistic villain in skimpy gear) and the Green Power Ranger (a former Ranger turned evil who wears green and gold).
Elizabeth Banks improvised eating the gold necklace at the jewelry store.
In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Zordon was sealed in a dimension, but still kept his body. In this film, his body actually dies and his consciousness is stored into a computer.
According to the film novelization, the Zords morph into the form of the most powerful animals existing at the time of their creation. Thus, the Zords in this film are prehistoric animals at first (mastodon, triceratops, pterodactyl, saber-toothed tiger, tyrannosaurus) and then as a Megazord morph and combine into a replica of Goldar.
Tommy Oliver is infamous in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) for coming late to a battle, or for being absent for Ranger duty for a great deal of time. He is seen absent from detention at registration.
Rita Repulsa in this film is the first ever female Green Ranger.
In the Zord battle scene, when Kimberly's Pterodactyl Zord is on fire she says, "I'm burning up in here." This line came from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) when Ivan Ooze shocked her Crane Zord.
Rita kills Billy by drowning him. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) Billy is afraid of drowning.
The Zords in this film are capable of actually morphing their shape, rather than being mechanical beings that can twist their limbs into different configurations.
This is the first time in the Power Rangers franchise that a ranger is shown to be on the autism spectrum.
The Rangers are majorly based on their versions in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack, Trini), but also draw inspiration from various characters over the "Power Rangers" saga:
  • Red Ranger - Jason Lee Scott is an athlete who suffered a career-ending injury (like the second MMPR Ranger Rocky DeSantos) and has a difficult relationship with his father (like Wesley Collins in Time Force)
  • Pink Ranger - Kimberly Hart is a former diva who did something wrong and wants to make up for it (similar to Summer Landsdown in RPM)
  • Blue Ranger - Billy Cranston is a geeky black kid ( like Ethan James in Dino Thunder and Noah Carver in Power Rangers Megaforce)
  • Black Ranger - Zack Taylor is based on Adam Park
  • Yellow Ranger - Trini Kwan is an original characterization.
When Rita attacks the Rangers in their normal form you can see sparks appear at the spots where they are hit. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) any hit, whether it was against the Rangers or the villains, resulted in sparks shooting out.
Tommy Oliver's detention desk contains elements that homage his life in the Power Rangers saga:
  • A green dragon jacket - Tommy's first Zord was a green dragon
  • A "Better Choices" book - Tommy was recruited by villains, but realized he was wrong and left them
  • A book on biology - Tommy earned a degree in paleontology, a branch of biology.
According to the film novelization, it takes years for the Rangers to combine their Zords into Megazords. This makes the Megazord formation in the film more meaningful and impressive.
The film is influenced by the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) show (Rita Repulsa comes to Earth and the Power Rangers are formed to stop her) and Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) (a group of misfit teenagers become Rangers).
The Zeo Crystal in Power Rangers Zeo (1996) was a new source of power to upgrade the Power Rangers. In this film it is a crystal that generates life on worlds.
Trini is the first ever Power Ranger to be a member of the LGBT community.
There are references in the film to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), the first "Power Rangers" cinematic feature:
  • the main villain is a long-imprisoned former enemy (Ivan Ooze, Rita)
  • the Rangers must go through training, fighting monsters in a pit
  • a heroic character is killed and resurrected
  • the final battle involves the Rangers' Zords fighting a semi-solid giant monster (Ivan Ooze, Goldar).
Although Billy briefly (and accidentally) morphs early on, the entire team of five Rangers doesn't successfully morph into their armor until an hour and half into the film, roughly 3/4 of the way through.

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