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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Aside from his connection to the original series, the reason Bryan Cranston took the role of Zordon was that he never had a superhero/sci-fi movie role before.note 
  • Box Office Bomb: The film beat expectations with $40 million in domestic box office in its opening weekend (debuting at #2, right underneath Beauty and the Beast), but experienced huge drop-offs of 50%-65% in multiple successive weekends. This was due to heavy competition from newcomers The Boss Baby, Ghost in the Shell, and The Fate of the Furious, as well as Beauty's sustained success and competition from recently-released box office juggernauts Logan and Kong: Skull Island. The film's mixed reviews and perceived failure to appeal to viewers outside the Power Rangers fanbase didn't help, either. The film ultimately grossed $85.3 million domestically and $140 million worldwide against a production budget of $105 million. The low international receipts imperiled Lionsgate's ability to sell the international distribution rights for any sequel in order to limit their risk, this placed sequel prospects for the film in serious jeopardy (though in an attempt by fans to save the potential film series, merchandising and home video sales skyrocketed in the following months.). An interview with the director pinned the blame on the film being PG-13, feeling that its Darker and Edgier aspect was what ultimately hurt the film.
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  • California Doubling: The movie is being filmed in Vancouver, but takes place (presumably) in California. Funnily enough, the original series was actually filmed in California (save for a brief spot in 1994 when the show was filmed in Sydney around the same time as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie).
  • Channel Hop: Par for the course of the franchise as a whole. Being produced during the original Saban era, the first two movies were produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox, which Saban Entertainment was closely associated with back then. Being made during the Neo-Saban era, this film was made and released by Saban Brands' current partner, Lionsgate.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • David Yost and Walter Emmanuel Jones, who played the original Blue and Black Rangers respectively, were overall not too thrilled about the film. Jones cited the lack of the famous "hip-hop-kido" martial arts style his Zack employed on the original series, while Yost was unimpressed with the morphing sequence (particularly the "It's Morphin' Time!" call, which he called "lackadaisacal") and had various issues with the Megazord, including the fact that the new rangers were in separate cockpits rather than together in the head. Yost did, however, have nothing but praise for R.J. Cyler's performance as his old character Billy, as well as the way the character was reimagined. He also approved of Becky G's portrayal as the reimagined Trini, which makes sense given her Adaptational Sexuality in the film.
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    • As he served as a producer, Haim Saban was overall supportive of the film, but expressed disappointment at the scene where Rita kills Billy, because, according to an interview with director Dean Israelite, he doesn't like seeing his characters die.
    • Austin St. John also expressed disappointment in the reboot, particularly the film versions of the Zords, which he called "Chihuahua Zords" and likened to Chia Pets due to their smaller stature than their series counterparts. He also felt that the film should've given Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson a better cameo appearance, saying he would only be willing to cameo in any future sequels if it amounted to more than "three seconds with a cell phone at the end." He gave the movie's rendition of Zordon his approval, however, as well as the scene where his old character Jason smacks the bully harassing Billy in detention.
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    • If his comments at Power Morphicon 6note  are anything to go by, Johnny Yong Boschnote  did not like this movie's iteration of Goldar.
  • Dawson Casting: As was the case with the original series, all of the principal actors here are much older than their characters. During filming, Becky G was the youngest at 19, and Ludi Lin was the oldest at 28. Dacre Montgomery, R.J. Cyler, and Naomi Scott were all in their early 20s.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Naomi Scott actually cut off her hair in the scene when Kimberly does so in the girls' bathroom. Evidently Naomi liked the hairstyle, as she kept it for a good while after the film's release.
  • Fake American:
    • Dacre Montgomery is Australian, Naomi Scott is British and Ludi Lin is Chinese-Canadian.
    • Garry Chalk, who plays Captain Bowen, is British-Canadian.
  • Hey, It's That Place!:
    • That's the same high school as in Smallville.
    • Angel Grove's main street looks a lot like Storybrooke's, as used in Once Upon a Time.
  • I Knew It!:
  • In Memoriam: Possibly an unintentional one, but one of Trini's wardrobes has the number '1973' on it. The late Thuy Trang, who played the original Trini, was born in 1973.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Most likely coincidental, but the movie was released almost exactly on the 20th anniversary of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
  • Method Acting: Ludi Lin prepared for the role by visiting his old high school and passing himself off as a transfer student.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • A shot of what appears to be Trini's locker covered in graffiti. This appears in the deleted scenes, where it's actually Kimberly's locker.
    • A kiss between Kimberly and Jason. Word of God is that they cut it to focus on Kim's redemption as opposed to a romance.
    • Zack doing a solo test jump. He still references it when they show up at the quarry again.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • While it's very likely there will be changes in the Japanese dub, this is especially relevant in the case of both Rita Repulsa and Zordon, as their respective voice actors who voiced them (Machiko Soga and Taro Arakawa, the former also played Bandora, her Japanese equivalent in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) died years ago. In Rita's case, she's voiced in the dub by Miyuki Sawashiro and Zordon by movie actor Arata Furuta.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub also suffered a meta-cast shift, as, unlike the previous movies who were dubbed in Mexico (as well like the TV series since Power Rangers Samurai and all the rest of the series pre-Disney era), this one was dubbed in a Spanish-speaking studio in Los Angeles, CA. by both Mexican, Latin American and Hispanic voice actors alike.
  • Reality Subtext: The Yellow Ranger on Zordon's team dying and the only one of Zordon's team whose death was shown onscreen could be an acknowledgement of to the death of Thuy Trang (Trini's actress in the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers).
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Tomokazu Sugita, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, and Miyuki Sawashiro all have roles in another American tokusatsu adaptation, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. While Sugita played a villain (well, the Earth version anyway) in KRDK, Sawashiro takes the helm of the villain this time.
  • Same Content, Different Rating: Due to Russia's strict guidelines against homosexuality in movies, the film was rated a whopping 18+ there due to Trini being revealed to be a part of the LGBTQ community. Mind you, this is all for a couple of vague lines about it. Even Malaysia, which a fiasco involving Beauty and the Beast (2017) for including a gay character took place, cleared Power Rangers for release without a fuss.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Saban had been trying to make a new movie version for years until this finally got off the ground.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite March usually being a Dump Month, the film had the misfortune of being played against Logan, Kong: Skull Island and Beauty and the Beast, amongst others, all of which opened the same month.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
    • Two toy versions of the Megazord are reasonably show accurate, in different ways. The Interactive Megazord has the cockpits in the right spots and mostly have more accurate paint, except for the wings and knees. It also has a movie-accurate wrist blade and looks more like a single humanoid robot than a Combining Mecha. The Colossal Megazord is more in scale with its pilots and can combine but had to take liberties to be a feasible toy. The legs are simply the separate Blue and Black Zords rather than splitting and recombining, and uses the Red Zord's cannon instead of the blade. It also uses the Ptera Zord's body and T. Rex tail as swords (instead of the wings) and simply hides the head in the T. Rex's chest when broken up. As a trade off, the individual Zords are very accurate save some missing paint and the inclusion of a catapult for the Mastodon Zord. The mini-figures included with both also have impressive sculpting for being 2 inches tall. Both lack some of the blue details in the movie model, though.
    • All versions of the Ranger action figures have very accurate sculpts and painted details. However, they lack the wave pattern seen on the on-screen suits and have fewer silver highlights.
  • Star-Making Role: For Ludi Lin, who got cast in Aquaman, and Naomi Scott, who landed the role of Princess Jasmine in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's Aladdin, not long after this movie's release. It also helped put Dacre Montgomery on the map — his involvement with the second season of Stranger Things was announced around the same time.
  • Throw It In!:
    • R.J. Cyler ad-libbed Billy's "That's a strong ass hologram" and Mamazord/Megazord lines and Billy's stimming (his habit of clapping his hands three times quickly) is something Cyler does himself but happened to fit the character.
    • Jason's snapping of a baseball trophy was done on the spot by Dacre Montgomery.
    • Elizabeth Banks improvised eating the gold necklace in the jewellery store.
  • Vindicated by Video: After failing in the theatrical run, the movie was able to top the home video sale charts.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Max Landis wrote a script for the film with a deliberately campier 80s action-comedy feel (for example: Zack as the Pink Ranger). Landis had speculated after the first trailer came out that the producers were expecting him to make a script similar in tone to Chronicle.
    • Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) were the original writers for the screenplay before they were dismissed and replaced by John Gatins, Burk Sharpless, Matt Sazama and the Creator Couple Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who are better known for writing the screenplay for George Miller's failed Justice League: Mortal film.
    • Roberto Orci was going to produce the film but left to focus on Star Trek Beyond.
    • In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Jo Johnson (who played Kimberly in the original) said she wanted to play Rita in the reboot. This would have been a funny Mythology Gag as one episode of the original series put Kimberly in Rita's role temporarily thanks to Goldar (which would end up Foreshadowing Rita's later return to the series and marriage to Zedd) - especially considering Amy Jo does a flawlessly PERFECT impression of Rita!
    • Naomi Scott (Kimberly) originally auditioned to be Trini (though the self tape she did had her doing all the Ranger roles).
    • Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson shot a cameo scene, with JDF even sporting longer hair like his Tommy days. That scene was cut, and their appearance in the final film was a later addition.
    • Mauricio Ruiz revealed concept art of the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops Zords, which was more akin to the original Zyuranger designs.
    • K.J. Apa auditioned for the role of Jason.
    • There were plans to have all the Rangers' personal weapons but there wasn't enough budget for them, since they would've been physical props enhanced with CGI.
    • The opening prologue would've been a bigger battle between Zordon and his Ranger team against Rita.
    • One behind-the-scenes feature shows that Trini and Kim's doughnut fight would have ended with the two of them partially morphing their arms, then quickly hiding them. It was also the original cameo scene of Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank.
    • A lot of Zack's backstory was cut out, including him trying to become a YouTube star doing tricks and stunts as a way to raise more money to support his mom.
    • The original stinger was set in the cafeteria where a fight would've broken out, instigated by "crazy new student, Tommy Oliver". It was changed since the director felt it was more appropriate to have it occur in the detention classroom instead.
    • Plans were in place for as much as five sequels, presumably distilling the key elements of subsequent seasons.
    • The novelization (which was written using early drafts of the script) showed that Alpha 5's character was much more snarky, bordering on patronizing at times. For example: the scene when the teens are first learning about them becoming Power Rangers, in the movie he comments that "[Jason]'s smart" when originally he said "[the teens] are small but stupid". This made the character annoying at best, unlikable at worst and he was changed to having a more cheery attitude.
  • You Sound Familiar: Bryan Cranston had voiced the villains Snizzard and Twin Man in the original show.

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