When the big-screen adaptation of the beloved ’90s children’s TV show arrives this weekend, it’ll break new ground. Power Rangers is going where no superhero film has gone before, by becoming the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT lead. Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Catwoman and Harley Quinn are some high-profile LGBT characters in comics but when translated to the big screen, they have all been portrayed straight.
Director Dean Israelite spilled the beans to The Hollywood Reporter. He talked about a scene where viewers learn that Trini the Yellow Power Ranger (Becky G) is gay. She’s going through relationship issues, which one of the other Rangers assumes is “boyfriend problems,” but then discovers it’s “girlfriend problems.” Israelite adds it’s a small moment but a “pivotal” one for the film.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Dean told 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.”
Power Rangers arrives in theaters this Friday. Are you planning on checking it out? What are your thoughts on Trini joining the LGBT community? Share your thoughts below.