The new Power Rangers movie is set to release on Friday, but the film already has people talking as it’s been revealed that the 90s reboot is breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has before by introducing the first openly gay superhero.
There is one small scene in the movie that the movie’s director, Dean Israelite, calls “pivotal” for the entire film as the Yellow Ranger Trini is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, when one character assumes she’s having “boyfriend problems,” and soon realizes that perhaps she’s actually having “girlfriend problems.”
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
This is the first for a superhero movie despite the TV side being more progressive, with The CW’s Supergirl featuring a prominent lesbian storyline this season, and Supergirl, which is from openly gay producer Greg Berlanti, joining fellow Berlanti CW shows Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow which all feature LGBT characters.
Original Blue Ranger actor David Yost, who is openly gay and left the 1990s Power Rangers series after facing harassment over his sexual orientation, praised the new film for its inclusiveness.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” says Yost. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
Power Rangers opens Friday.