Here Is Your First Horrifying Look at Elizabeth Banks as Power Rangers' Rita Repulsa

Illustration for article titled Here Is Your First Horrifying Look at Elizabeth Banks as iPower Rangers/i Rita Repulsa

A few months ago, we were baffled—but also incredibly excited—that Elizabeth Banks would be playing Rita Repulsa, the classic, cackling villain of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in the upcoming movie. And now that we’ve gotten to see what she looks like, and... no. Not like this, Power Rangers movie.

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Just revealed by People, Bank’s costume isn’t just completely far removed from Rita’s look in the original series (where she was played in Japanese-made footage by Machiko Soga, and voiced in the Power Rangers dub by Barbara Goodson)... it’s just a total mess.

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Illustration for article titled Here Is Your First Horrifying Look at Elizabeth Banks as iPower Rangers/i Rita Repulsa

“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” Banks tells the website. Well, yeah, because it looks absolutely nothing like Rita Repulsa:

Illustration for article titled Here Is Your First Horrifying Look at Elizabeth Banks as iPower Rangers/i Rita Repulsa

I’m not saying the costume needed to be directly lifted from the original show, but this is so radically different that it might as well be a new villain. I’m suddenly a lot more anxious about seeing this movie’s take on the classic Power Rangers suits, considering this level of drastic “edgy re-imagining.”

Power Rangers is due for release March 24, 2017.

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James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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BitchMeeToo

It’s so sad how I always thought Rita’s hair was a hat.