Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Power Rangers: 25th Anniversary Rangers Talk Hasbro Era; Jason David Frank Thinks Fans Will Get A Green Ranger Series

Several classic Power Rangers are returning for the iconic franchises' 25th Anniversary episode, and to celebrate, ComicBook.com had the chance to talk to Power Rangers stars Jason Faunt (Time Force), Catherine Sutherland (MMPR, Zeo, Turbo), and Jason David Frank (MMPR, Zeo, Turbo, Dino Thunder) about the new Hasbro era of the franchise, and they are pretty excited at the possibilities!

"I don't know what Hasbro in plans, but I do know when you buy a brand new car, you take really good care of it," Faunt said. "So my guess is that this is their new baby and they're gonna go all in. I don't know why you'd have an acquisition of this size and not really just, hey man, Power Rangers and superheroes, that's what's making money now so this is something that we can really open up and go for."

"Saban's had it in his grasp for 25 years," Faunt added. "Like anything else after 25 years it might get a little stale. So I'm kind of hoping that they go all in with this and just double down on the new popularity of the show. I'm hoping that they recognize that a lot of the fans have grown older, and a little bit older content and incorporating ... I mean selfishly right? Incorporating previous Rangers into new seasons I think is imperative."

Faunt would love to see Hasbro experiment with the method of implementing classic Rangers as well.

"I mean even if you sneak in like a Pink Ranger reunion or maybe one Ranger comes back for a season and just gives them kind of flashes from the past," Faunt said. "I think people love that stuff. So I hope they dive in and really blow this thing up. And I hope they incorporate some past Rangers in their new stuff."

Sutherland is also excited to see what Hasbro has up its sleeve, and hopes they will continue to build the franchise that Saban helmed for so long.

"Well, I miss the Saban era so I always feel like they have a real handle on the show and what it means since Saban was the ones that created it but I think Hasbro is amazing company and I think they will bring something new and exciting to the show and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it."

As for this year's reunion episode, "Dimensions in Danger", Frank thinks this is the perfect way to kick off a brand new era.

"This reunion episode by far will be the best and the biggest of all. I, honestly, can put that on the record because I'm the one in it," Frank said. "Listen, there were issues with Megaforce ("Legendary Battle"); a few producers that are no longer working there. Just certain problems that they had. They had such a great opportunity, but don't worry because we will make up for everything out there. This will be the biggest and the best reunion episode of all that. I'll put that on the record."

Frank also revealed to ComicBook.com that there is a very good chance fans will get a Green Ranger series before all is said and done.

The original Green Ranger himself sat down with ComicBook.com to talk all things Power Rangers, which from the sound of it could at some point include a Green Ranger solo series.

"I always wanted the Green Ranger series," Frank said. "Probably going to get it, with all due respect to anyone because I'm not letting the cat out of the bag, but the fanbase is starting to generate what's going on. Now with the Soul of the Dragon book being released in December, it's a solo Green Ranger book. It's the Old Man Logan book that I wanted in the past. We've talked, I mean Aaron's pitched this thing a long time ago, the Green Ranger."

A Green Ranger series has come up several times in the past, but for whatever reason just never fully materialized. It seems now though could be the perfect time to make it into a reality, and Frank sees good things overall coming from the Hasbro era, especially for two of his many Ranger forms.

"I don't want to be paid to go to the Hasbro booth," Frank said. "To be paid to tell the fans 'well Hasbro's great!'. I'm telling you from the heart, not from a financial standpoint that I think with what they have planned, which I don't know everything, I think it's going to be great. I also think it's going to be great for the Green Ranger. I think it's going to be great for Drakkon. My fanbase contains more than Hasbro's following. Literally three times the amount, and I think people are starting to see that now."

As for what that series would entail, Frank says some of the original Rangers would definitely be part of the plan. Of course, this is Power Rangers, so spandex is a must.

"So if it was up to me and I had a show I would invite a lot of cool people back," Frank said. "Put the invites out for some of the original Rangers. i would see if they can integrate. The only problem is that I have, and this is with all due respect to the superheroes around the world, you have to fit in spandex in order to be a Ranger. That's the truth! I don't want to come out with no slow-motion shot, and I'm not saying that to any one, there's like 100 something Rangers and I don't follow them actively, but the last thing I want to do is come out in the slow-motion shot and people go 'oh'. I want to look like a hero, ya know what I mean? I may be old but I might still be able to pull it off. There's going to be a point where they're going to say 'Jason, remember that thing you talked about on ComicBook.com? Get out of your spandex."

What would you like to see in a Green Ranger series? Let me know in the comments!

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel returns with new episodes beginning Saturday 25th August 2018 at 12:00pm (ET/PT), with a special anniversary episode airing at 8:00pm (ET/PT) Tuesday 28th August 2018 - the date that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first premiered on the Fox Kids Network, only on Nickelodeon USA! Visit nick.com for more Power Rangers!

Also, from El Comercio:

Comic Con Ecuador celebra los 25 años de los ‘Power Rangers’

Tras los 25 años desde el inicio de los 'Power Ranger', la popular serie de televisión de los años noventa sobrevive en forma de cómics, como video juego o en los juguetes de Hasbro, con una nueva película en el horizonte.

La tarde de este sábado 11 de agosto la Comic Con Ecuador rindió tributo a la serie con una entrevista a tres de los actores originales del programa, invitados especiales en el escenario del recinto del Centro de Convenciones de Guayaquil.

Los cómicos estadounidenses Paul Schrier y Jason Narvy, quienes encarnaron a Bulk y Skull en la serie, y el actor Jason David Frank, quien dio vida al Ranger Verde en la televisión, fueron ovacionados por centenares de fans, asistentes de la convención.

Respecto al factor del éxito del programa, Frank indicó que es algo que "nunca sabremos" a ciencia cierta. “Creo que todos podemos identificarnos con los personajes, incluso si eres un idiota, había un lugar para todos en el programa”, dijo en referencia a Bulk y Skull. El Ranger Verde también bromeó con qué no sabía muy bien de que estaba hablando, pues había pasado “mucho tiempo dentro del casco”.

Frank presentó algunos de los audiovisuales en los que ha trabajado de forma reciente, entre ellos un cortometraje oficial de Street Fighter vs. Power Rangers, un videojuegos de peleas. Y otro trabajo de promoción de la línea de cómics que comenzó a lanzar Boom!, con un arco argumental en el que el Ranger Verde nunca dejó el lado oscuro y terminó conquistando la Tierra. También está cerca el estreno de una nueva temporada de ‘Power Rangers Ninja Steel’, del canal juvenil Nickelodeon.

Paul Schrier y Jason Narvy, quienes hicieron parte del contrapunto cómico de la serie, hicieron uso de su humor corporal en el recinto de Cómic Con. “Los fanáticos de los 'Power Ranger' son los mejores, creo que el éxito de la serie se debe a la premisa del trabajo en equipo, de la hermandad, el respeto y la cooperación”, indicó Narvy, Skull en la serie.

“El espíritu del programa es la bondad, incluso los villanos son ingenuos y gracias a eso tuvimos una carrera en la televisión”, abonó Schrier, Bulk en los 'Power Ranger'. Habló también del choque que le produjo avanzada la producción el ver finalmente la estética de los robots generados con rudimentarios efectos especiales. “La primera y segunda temporada son las mejores, son las más puras”, dijo.

El Cómic Con Ecuador se extenderá hasta mañana domingo 12 de agosto en el Centro de Convenciones del Puerto Principal. La convención abre las puertas de de 10:00 a 20:00 y el valor del ingreso es de USD 12. El evento contó con una gran concurrencia este sábado en su segunda jornada, por momentos fue difícil transitar por los pasillos copados de público.


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Originally published: Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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