Back in the day, Bryan Cranston had an early role in Power Rangers, voicing a lot of characters, especially a lot of villains. He is now coming back to the franchise to guide the Rangers in the upcoming movie, which is a fun 'full circle' moment.
But why, after finishing up Breaking Bad and going into several quite serious roles, did he decide to jump on for such an out there property like Power Rangers? Speaking to IGN, Cranston said he too had doubts.
I thought, 'Power Rangers? It's kind of the [1960s] Batman television show – Pow! Zing! Whap!' And I had a phone call with the director and he said, 'Think of it this way… Like Batman came from TV and became a completely different animal in the movies, so too is it here. We're going to take this and revamp it and it's going to be grounded and real.' And I thought 'Okay, with that, let me read it.
Needless to say, after he read it, he liked it enough to sign on. Cranston went on to explain his take on Zordon and what we can expect to see. He said:
He is a frustrated mentor of these kids. They're not advancing as I'd hoped. Some of them are not taking this seriously, the responsibility that has been placed upon them or that they have been chosen for. And yet, you're a mentor. It's almost like being a coach. You want to break down the individuality of them so that they can grow as a team.
Now all that is left is to see him in movement. The design on the movie has been pretty… bold up until now, so I'm not expecting much difference here.