Power Rangers has broken down one barrier that no other superhero film has ever one before. The Lionsgate remake of the 1990s children television show will be the very first high-budget superhero film to feature a LGBT protagonist.
During the Power Rangers‘ second part, there is a scene where the supposed heroes learn that Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G), is now realizing her sexual orientation, as one character assumed she is having “boyfriend problems,” but later realizing she just might be having “girlfriend problems” instead. It is a tiny moment, but a moment that director Dean Israelite says is “pivotal” for this whole film.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” says Israelite to 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.”
LGBT representation throughout superhero films somewhat trailed comic books, where the heroes as well as villains like Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Batwoman, in addition to Ice Man, may be some of the high-profile LGBT characters. So far, they’ve only be portrayed as being straight.
The television aspect is a bit more progressive, as The CW’s Supergirl featured a a significant lesbian story line. David Yost, previous Blue Ranger who left the show after alleged discrimination due to his sexual orientation is happy to know the news about the new film.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” Yost said. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
Power Rangers is set to open this Friday.