After Malcom in the Middle, Bryan Cranston disappeared from our screens for quite some time. Yet, 10 years on from the end of the acclaimed TV show, Cranston has had a portfolio of strong roles, from Breaking Bad to Godzilla. Now, Bryan Cranston returns in another guise – as Zordon in the Power Rangers reboot.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Cranston explains why he took up the helm of Zordon, despite the more comical and cartoon-y approach of the original TV series:
“This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part.”
By Batman movie series, Cranston is talking about The Dark Knight trilogy. Yes, that’s right – Bryan Cranston compares the gritty, noir-themed trilogy with that of the up-and-coming Power Rangers film. How does he go on to back this up?
“I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that because you’re dealing with teenagers. So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that — hopes and dreams — and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the ‘Power Rangers.’ And what you would get is this new version, this new reimagined version.”
Rebooting the Batman series was one thing, but bringing Power Rangers to a generation who yearn for darker, story-driven content is another. Cranston, unlike many of us who watched the series, was old enough to take part in Power Rangers when it originally began. If anyone can judge the success of the reboot, Bryan Cranston is definitely qualified.
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