Power Rangers producer believes franchise needs to “evolve” beyond Tokusatsu

Power Rangers

Power Rangers director and producer Simon Bennett believes that the franchise needs to evolve beyond its Tokustatsu roots.

Bennett recently took to Twitter to lament that adult fans who enjoy Super Sentai may not represent a sustainable viewership. The Power Rangers franchise, and many Tokusatsu shows are indeed made for children, but they maintain dedicated fanbases of adults.

For those who don’t know, Tokusatsu refers to (typically Japanese) shows and movies that rely on practical effects. This is best represented by franchises like Super Sentai and Kamen Rider.

The Power Rangers franchise actually originated from footage of the 1992 series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuuranger. Many of the scenes where the cast was fully costumed was directly lifted from the original Japanese show since the full helmets made lip-syncing irrelevant.

The Power Rangers franchise exists to this day with the most recent season of Power Rangers: Dino Fury airing exclusively on Netflix. An untitled film is allegedly in the works after Saban was forced to sell the franchise to Hasbro in the wake of the 2017 film’s commercial failure.

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