‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston has expressed his excitement at the upcoming ‘Power Rangers’ reboot movie, comparing the film’s treatment of its source material to the dark and gritty retelling of Batman’s origin under director Christopher Nolan.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Cranston explained that he was initially hesitant to take on the role, until reading the script convinced him that the new movie would be very far removed tonally from the original campy children’s cartoon.
‘This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series’, he said, ‘You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part’.
Cranston then clarified that he was referring specifically to Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed ‘The Dark Knight’, but noted that the ‘Power Rangers’ movie may not be quite as grim as Nolan’s film, because the subject matter deals with teenagers and the trials of growing up, rather than terrorism and crime.
Cranston has been a part of the ‘Power Rangers’ franchise since its early days – before landing his first big role in ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, Cranston provided voice acting for a variety of ‘Power Ranger’ villains, including Snizzard and Twin Man, as seen in the video above. His impact on the show was so great that the Blue Power Ranger, Billy Cranston, was named for the actor.
The newly reimagined ‘Power Rangers’ will debut in movie theaters in March 2017, and in addition to starring Cranston as the Power Rangers’ mentor Zordon, will also star Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa.