One of the more fun pieces of casting in recent months has been that of “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston joining the cast of the “Power Rangers” reboot as Zordon, the giant floating head in a tube in the TV series that serves as the Rangers’ mentor.
Speaking a bit more about the role this week with The Huffington Post, Cranston says the big draw for him is how the movie is wildly different from the 1990s television series in tone and style:
“I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different. This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the Batman [Dark Knight] 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. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.”
Cranston further clarified that comparison to the Nolan Batman films, saying he doesn’t know if “the tone is as dark as that because you’re dealing with teenagers”. He then adds:
“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.”
Cranston knows his “Power Rangers,” having done voice work on the original 1990s series for at least two episodes.