Rita Repulsa, Alpha 5, Goldar – three pillars of Saban’s Power Rangers franchise that underwent radical makeovers in their journey over to Dean Israelite’s live-action reboot.
On the one hand, Repulsa has been transformed into a slick, beady-eyed alien with lime green armor, while Alpha 5’s new lick of paint has produced a pint-sized assistant to the Rangers that is more akin to a walking, talking organism than a cutting-edge piece of technology. And then there’s Goldar. Oh, Goldar.
Initially designed as a devious flying monkey – a nod to the classic Wizard of Oz – the Goldar of Lionsgate’s Power Rangers is a faceless, kaiju-like monstrosity summoned by Elizabeth Banks’ power-hungry Rita as a weapon of mass destruction. The kind that places every resident of Angel Grove on red alert.
When dreaming up their new interpretation of the iconic villain, director Dean Israelite and production designer Andrew Menzies made a conscious effort to make the character a fluid, shape-shifting beast on order to ramp up the scare factor. First up, Menzies reflected on that creative process while chatting to EW, which pumped out another two pics – one action shot, one piece of concept art – that you’ll be able to find above.
“Dean and I talked about him being faceless and intimidating and characterless. He’s an extension of Rita that’s unstoppable. I think as humans we always search for character in a face, and if it’s always shifting and changing, it becomes scary. If it moved like chocolate and kept flowing, you could never put your finger on it.”
Doubling down on that faceless Goldar was something the Power Rangers team committed to early on and, despite the criticism, is something Israelite firmly stands by.
“There’s something very beautiful about him. All of the negative space that’s constantly in Goldar’s design feels very eerie, but on the other hand, he’s a kinetic sculpture.”
Featuring a cast toplined by Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger) and Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), Ludi Lin (Black Ranger), RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger) and Becky Gomez (Yellow Ranger), Power Rangers is on course to debut on March 24th, a date it currently shares with Sony’s star-studded sci-fi pic, Life.