New 'Power Rangers' Movie Features First Queer Superhero

Monday March 20, 2017

[Editor's note: This story contains minor spoilers about the upcoming film "Power Rangers." Read at your own risk.]

Move over, "Beauty and the Beast." There's a new gay controversy in town!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming film "Power Rangers," a reboot of the classic 90s kids' show, features a main character who is queer. THR writes this is the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist."

In the second act of "Power Rangers," Yellow Ranger Trini (played by pop singer Becky G) finds herself coming to terms with her sexuality. A character asks her if she's having "boyfriend problems" but Trini shakes her head and the character asks, "Girlfriend problems?"

Both THR and IndieWire describe the moment as a small one but director Dean Israelite says it is "pivotal" for the entire film.

"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," Israelite told THR. "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."

IndieWire notes the diversity in "Power Rangers" doesn't stop there: One character is apparently on the autism spectrum."

Taking to Twitter, Becky G said she's "proud" to play the role.

LGBTQ representation in superhero movies have been lacking, though TV has done a better job, with "Supergirl" introducing a lesbian storyline. Both "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow" also feature LGBT characters.

News about "Power Rangers" comes after the ongoing controversy surrounding the live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" for its so-called "gay moment." In the film, it's clear LeFou (Josh Gad), Gaston's sidekick, is gay. Not only did the news spark a boycott from some Christians, but it was also banned in Malaysia and received a strict rating in Russia.

"Power Rangers" opens Friday.