The Power Rangers are about to hit the big screen and director Dean Israelite reveals one of the brightly colored defenders will be grappling with their sexual orientation. That would make the film the first superhero blockbuster to feature an LGBT protagonist.
In one scene, the team learns Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexuality, leading one character to offhanded remark she must be having “boyfriend problems.” he then realizes she could very well be having “girlfriend problems.”
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite 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 okay.’ The movie is saying, ’That’s okay,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
In the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show, the Yellow Ranger was played by the late Thuy Trang and was portrayed as straight. Whether the film scene a true moment of representation or an offhanded blink-and-you’ll-miss-it snippet a la Beauty and the Beast, we’ll have to wait till March 24 to find out.
But it could be particularly noteworthy, giving the Power Rangers producers’ alleged treatment of actor David Yost, the original Blue Ranger, after he came out as gay. Yost claims he was harassed about his orientation and eventually left the show.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” Yost told THR. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”