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20 March 2017, 07:35 | Myron Mathis
'Power Rangers' makes history with first gay superhero on the big screen
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Yellow Ranger, Trini (played by Becky G), is "coming to terms with her sexual orientation". In the script, written by a committee of scribes including John Gatins (Flight), Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold), Billy's autism, and Trini's queerness are spoken unambiguously.
Billy's autism, meanwhile, was hinted in the trailers.
It sounds like Trini's sexuality isn't a major plot point in the movie, but the characters do discuss the topic onscreen.
While the diversity can be attributed to the movie aiming to portray real teens - at least real teens who live in a world of robot dinosaurs and space witches - it also feels like making up for past sins.
It's interesting to note that the original Yellow Power Ranger, Trini - played by the late Thuy Trang, who died in a vehicle accident - was a straight character. Yost opened up about his past in a 2010 video interview with the podcast No Pink Spandex.
LGBT representation in superhero films has trailed that of comic books, where heroes and villains such as DC's Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batwoman and Harley Quinn, as well as Marvel's Ice Man, are among high-profile examples of LGBT characters. Star Trek Beyond made headlines with Sulu, Beauty and the Beast had an global brouhaha over LeFou's blink-and-you-miss-it "gay moment", and now it's Power Rangers' turn.
That's why we're so excited to see a superhero whose self discovery will resonate with millions of viewers looking for a kick ass Ranger they can really relate to!
Although the movie has not yet been released, the review embargo for Power Rangers has now dropped, allowing the press to reveal tidbits of the film - and there's one thing everyone's talking about.
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