“Power Rangers” is now the first big-name superhero film to include a gay superhero protagonist. Cue the mild spoilers.
Lionsgate’s reboot of the hit 90’s television show has Yellow Ranger Trini dealing with her sexuality, and the other heroes taking notice. One character assumes she’s going through “boyfriend problems,” but then acknowledges that they might actually be “girlfriend problems.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Director Dean Israelite describes this moment as “pivotal.”
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” he said. “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.”
David Yost, the original Blue Ranger in the 1990’s “Power Rangers,” expressed his appreciation for the film. He left the original show after facing harassment for being gay.
"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” isn’t the only recent remake to include a gay character. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has an exclusively gay moment involving antagonist Gaston’s manservant LeFou.
Characters like Deadpool, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and more are all portrayed as LGBT in the original comic books, but this inclusivity is rarely portrayed on the big screen.
Last year, the Twitterverse blew up with the #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend hashtag, desiring the red, white and blue superhero to date his long-time best friend Bucky Barnes.
"Power Rangers" comes to theatres March 24.