Friday, October 22, 2021

‘Power Rangers Dino Fury’ to Move to Netflix for Season 2

First season aired on Nickelodeon

The Power Rangers are on the move. Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. home for the upcoming second season of Power Rangers Dino FuryPower Rangers' 29th season overall — which will debut on the streamer in spring 2022. Netflix has licensed the series from Entertainment One and Hasbro.

Power Rangers, based on the Japanese tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai, has only had a handful of U.S. TV homes since its 1993 launch by Saban Entertainment. It started on Fox Kids, transitioning to ABC/Disney following the company’s acquisition of Fox Family and moving to Nickelodeon in 2011 where it had been since.

Power Rangers Dino Fury already is available on Netflix — Season 1 of the show has been streaming on the platform following the episodes’ premiere on Nickelodeon in a second window deal.

Additionally, the franchise’s library was on Netflix for years until most of it left the streamer in February. In addition to Power Rangers Dino Fury Season 1, also currently available on Netflix are Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Seasons 1 (1993), 2 (1994) and 3 (1995); Ninja Steel Seasons 1 (2017) and 2 (2018); as well as Beast Morphers Seasons 1 (2019) and 2 (2020).

The news follows actor Chance Perez, who portrays Javi (Black Ranger) on the series, revealing earlier this year that Power Rangers Dino Fury would be heading to Netflix after season one finishes on Nickelodeon.

The new season of Power Rangers Dino Fury will feature new characters, new weapons, new Zords (with unique Megazord combinations) and new vehicles including the Dino Fury Cycle and a T-rex-inspired motorcycle with blasters. Returning are the Dino Fury Power Rangers from Season 1: Zayto (Red Ranger), Ollie (Blue Ranger), Izzy (Green Ranger), Javi (Black Ranger), Amelia (Pink Ranger) and the newest recruit, Aiyon (Gold Ranger).

The series will pick up right where Season 1 left off, with the fate of Void Knight and Santaura revealed. Evil forces and influential villains will continue to disrupt the Dino Fury Rangers. Season 2 will also see Zayto and Aiyon discovering more about Rafkon, their home planet, the development of new and existing relationships, and the introduction of never-before-seen characters. Fans can also look forward to the reveals of new power-ups, including new Dino Boost Keys.

Power Rangers joins other popular licensed children’s series on Netflix including Pokemon, CoCoMelon, My Little Pony, Boss Baby, Sonic Prime and Transformers which have spawned spinoffs and expansions exclusively on Netflix.

Hasbro confirmed during their 2021 Investor Event that they are planning to reinvent the iconic Power Rangers franchise after Power Rangers Dino Fury with a new era that will be “creating a new universe for a broader audience across film, premium TV, animation & kids content”.

It was previously reported back in July of last year that Hasbro would be ending their partnership with Japan's Toei, the makers of the Super Sentai series, of which footage has been used in Power Rangers throughout the years. It was also reported that Paramount was developing a new Power Rangers theatrical film. This would conclude the current iteration of the Power Rangers series as it has been for 28 years with Power Rangers Dino Fury, which was officially confirmed to have two seasons according to the Hasbro Investor Event.

This of course isn’t the end of the world-famous franchise as a whole, because Hasbro plans to completely reinvent the brand with new film and TV content across the same expanded universe.

Further expressed is the fact that End of the F***ing World and I Am Not Okay With This creator and director Jonathan Entwistle will be assuming a creative leadership role in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Kevin Feige. This was confirmed Hasbro and eOne back in October of last year.

Hasbro acquired the iconic Power Rangers franchise from Saban Brands back in 2018 in the wake of the failed attempt to expand the series into a greater cinematic universe. No doubt a franchise as rich as Power Rangers has the potential to expand. Across comics, series, and action figures, the world of Power Rangers is vast, and with adult fans as well as new generations of little kids coming up every few years, there's an audience for a range of content. Hasbro seems to be addressing the reboot holistically, reinventing the franchise in major ways.

The shift away from Toei could signal a greater detachment from the "tokusatsu" tropes that made the franchise so unique in the States. It's too early to tell where Hasbro plans to take Power Rangers, but between divorcing the series from its roots in Super Sentai and bringing in a director of more adult content, it seems that the cinematic, multi-platform universe will be quite unlike anything we've seen before.

It’s also important to note that production for the Power Rangers franchise has moved from Allspark to another Hasbro subsidiary, Entertainment One (One). This transition can mean multiple things for the Power Rangers franchise. eOne is known for the popular children’s animated series Peppa Pig, so it’s possible that an animated adaptation could be in the works.

With Hasbro completely reimagining the franchise, this definitely seems to mean that there will be a lot more content for fans to enjoy once this transition is fully put in place.

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Originally published: October 21, 2021 at 19:35 BST.

Sources: DeadlineTheWrap.

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