After Disney’s portrayal of Le Fou as a gay character in the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers is all set to break the stereotype for it will be the very first time that a superhero character will be portrayed as gay and not just that, it shall also be the first time that the reboot of a hit 90s children TV show will show a gay character opposite to the original straight character.
In the movie, the Yellow Ranger, played by Trini (Becky G) says that she is having “girlfriend problems” when one character questions if she is having “boyfriend problems”. It’s a small moment but a pivotal one which marks the sexual discovery of the character.
Talking about Trini’s sexuality, director Dean Isrealite said, “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,” Dean added.
In the comic-world, many characters such as Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Bat Woman and even Harley Quinn has been portrayed gay, but when it comes to the screen, they all have been kept straight.
David Yost, who played the character of Blue Ranger in the 1990s Power Ranger series had to leave the franchise over facing harassment over his sexual orientation after he came out of the closet. Commenting on the portrayal of the Yellow Ranger as gay, Yost said, “They really stepped up to the plate. I think so many people in the LGBTQ community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
The Power Rangers movie releases on March 24.