While there have been many superhero movies over the years, one thing that has been absent is a main protagonist who identifies as LGBT. In the upcoming Power Rangers movie, it would seem that all of that is finally changing. For the first time ever in a big-budget superhero film, audiences will get a chance to see a main protagonist who is in fact LGBT.
In a report from The Hollywood Reporter, it would seem that during the second half of the Power Rangers movie, there is a scene in which the yellow ranger, Trini, opens up about her sexuality and coming to terms with who she is and what her sexual orientation is. In the scene one of her fellow rangers believes that she is dealing with “boyfriend problems” and it does not take long for the individual to realize that perhaps it is in fact girlfriend problems that she is dealing with instead. Dean Israelite, the director of Power Rangers does make it clear that it is a very small moment in the film, however, he also says that it is quite pivotal for the movie as a whole.
Speaking to the media organization, Israelite said that during the movie, audiences will see that Trini is questioning herself and who she is. This is something that she has not had a chance to really figure out before. According to the director, there is something especially great about the scene and it actually helps to propel the storyline of the movie forward because the message is very simple. Basically that scene sends the message that it is okay, even the movie itself is saying, “that’s OK.” Essentially, Dean Israelite feels that Power Rangers is getting the message across that all of these kids have to basically own who they are and find the people who will make them stronger.
While the comics may have previously featured characters and even superheroes who are LGBT, when it comes to the big screen, representation has been sorely lacking. Although Deadpool has identified as pansexual, on film that has not yet come across. With the new Power Rangers film, audiences are going to get a chance to see some more representation on the big screen. Although the moment may not be a big one, it would seem that at least in the eyes of the director, it is an especially important one and one that helps to get across a very important message for the movie and its characters as a whole.
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By Dorothea James
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