Power Rangers Features First Ever Gay Screen Superhero
For some ridic reason it has taken until 2017, but Power Rangers is the first ever superhero movie to feature a gay lead character.
It’s the Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by rap superstar Becky G who is finding herself and her sexuality. In one bonding moment between the super squad, when asked if she’s having ‘boyfriend problems,’ its revealed that her issues are ‘girlfriend problems’ instead.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, director Dean Israelite said, "For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. 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."
It’s a huge step in LGBT normalisation in blockbusters – especially, in comic book movies, where characters who have been portayed as non-hetero in the comics, like Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn, have always been shown as straight on the big screen. Go Go Power Rangers!
Starring Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger and Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Power Rangers hits cinemas 23 March 2017.
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