Becky G Will Play First Big-Screen Queer Superhero In ‘Power Rangers’
Before its premiere on Friday (March 24), the fast-approaching Power Rangers reboot has already broke new ground. Played by “Todo Cambio” singer Becky G, Yellow Ranger Trini wrestles with “girlfriend problems” in a small yet pivotal moment on screen, making the Lionsgate motion picture the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” director Dean Israelite told 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.”
With prominent characters from DC’s Wonder Woman to Marvel’s Ice Man, LGBT representation in comic books is nothing new. When taken to the big screen, however, each hero has been portrayed as straight, making the Chicana actress’ character a huge first.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” original Blue Ranger actor David Yost said. Though the openly gay alumnus parted ways with the series after facing harassment over his sexual orientation, he is excited that the franchise is moving forward with inclusivity. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
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