Director Dean Israelite spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the character in question, Yellow Ranger Trini, who comes to terms with her sexuality throughout the film: ""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." Yas Dean, yas!
While Yellow Ranger's queerness isn't exactly canonical, people don't seem to mind. It would appear that anything even remotely different from the traditional white-straight-male perspective that colours most superhero movies is a welcomed change. So widespread is the enthusiasm that people took to Twitter in droves to voice their support. Here are some highlights:
Power rangers: we have a gay Latina struggling with her sexuality— kiki (@tobinsheat) March 20, 2017
Me: gO GO POWER RANGERSSSS pic.twitter.com/FUO6u1XhRB
Me: im Not gonna see the New Power Rangers Movie.— Thomas//logan ???????????? (@tommybIakes) March 16, 2017
Power Rangers movie: The Yellow Ranger is Gay, the Blue Ranger is Autistic
You can catch the Power Rangers movie in all its diverse, inclusive glory starting March 24th (so tomorrow!). Who knows-- maybe you'll spot me at your local GTA theatre! I'll be the one dressed head-to-toe in traditional Power Rangers garb while periodically shouting "GO GO Power Rangers!" to no one in particular.
by Imaiya Ravichandran