New Power Rangers Movie Ideas

mmprtm

I figured I would come out of my blog writing hibernation to write about some Power Rangers. It has been announced that Power Rangers will be getting an all new movie. I was very excited by the news even though I know the film could suck big time. That doesn’t stop me from watching the other two Power Rangers movies. So I’m going to quickly go over what we know so far. This will more than likely be a retelling of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I am fine with that. I know some people would like a Time Force or one of the sentai seasons to be adapted, but Mighty Morphin is the brand most people remember. If you want people in the theater, you go with Mighty Morphin. I’d be for an original concept, but I know there is no chance of that happening so I can deal with a retelling.

Some minor things I want to see and do not want to see

Keep the original names, characters, and colors!

People are nostalgic for the old character names. You don’t want the older audience wondering why Jason has a different name. Stick with the names. We want Jason, Billy, Trini, Zordon, Rita, Bulk, Skull, and even Ernie. I know kids don’t care what their names are but there is an audience that does not like things that are different. I’m all for giving us a new character or monster here and there, but keep the core people the same names.

bulk and skull

Keep the original Power Rangers actors out of this film except for cameos

I know Jason David Frank is trying to get his Green Ranger film by pestering Saban executives, but we don’t need that. Make that a TV movie on Nickelodeon if we must.  We also don’t need him or any of the other original Power Rangers near this film. I only want to see them in small cameo roles. I’ll explain where I would want that later in this blog.

original power rangers

Don’t tie this in with the TV series

I’m 98% sure they won’t do this, but I just figured it needed to be said. Do this like the first Power Rangers film where it took place in its own universe. I don’t want this to be Star Trek 2009 where time travelling Tommy comes from the future. That would be stupid. Keep time travel out of this film. Keep time travel out of Power Rangers period. Those plots confuse me. This coming from a guy who loves Power Rangers Time Force and even Star Trek for that matter.

enterprise rangers

Okay, I got that out of the way. Now I figured I’d give my own ideas of how I would do a cinematic Power Rangers universe. Yeah, I’m giving it the Marvel name. Marvel is basically a good blueprint to follow. They are good at setting up sequels even if some of those films aren’t that great. I could easily see a few sequels if the first film is done right and not crap like Transformers. Then again Transformers is up to their fourth film, so they must be doing something right like making money. Anyway, here are my ideas for at least four Power Rangers films. If I think of a fifth film while writing, then I’ll put it down. I’m going to leave out Bulk and Skull in these plots. They have their place in the films, but they aren’t important to my main plots.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

original 5

I can’t call it Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie because that’s taken, so I might as well call it what the show was called. Same thing Star Trek 2009 did because Star Trek: The Motion Picture was taken. So here’s my idea for a first film and I’ve seen some similar ideas to mine on the Internet so I’m not ripping anyone off on purpose.

Pre-Title Sequence

This is where we get the background of the film. 10,000 years ago, Zordon, his robot sidekick Alpha 5, and his team of Rangers are at war with Rita Repulsa and her minions. This is where you can have cameos from people like Walter Jones or Jason David Frank. You can have them playing the six ancient rangers. Zordon gets put into the time warp tube while the ancient rangers defeat Rita and lock her and her minions away into a dumpster or whatever you want to use. You can have the ancient green ranger losing his power coin at this point, but I wouldn’t make it too obvious. It might even be better to not include an ancient green ranger. Well, the other ancient rangers retire and give their coins to Alpha 5 and Zordon. Then we get our title scene.

1st Act

This is where we set up our 5 teenagers with attitude. I think I would make them just graduating from high school to make it feel more adult instead of them being high school freshman. I don’t think fans are really dying for Mr. Caplan or Ms. Appleby appearances though you could give a nod to them in a graduation scene. Here’s where I’m torn because I want the Rangers to all be friends already like in the original series. I know it might help character development more if they did not know each other, but I said they are graduating high school so they should know each other. Now if they were high school freshman, I would have them not be friends and then bring all their stereotypes together. Basically Act 1 would be the Breakfast Club or even Star Trek 2009 if they went that route. However, I still prefer that they all know each other. We establish they are good people with distinct personalities. The goal is to make us care about the characters. This should not be The Phantom Menace where I don’t care what happens to Obi Wan Kenobi.

Meanwhile, astronauts on the moon have discovered Rita’s dumpster and release her. Like most people who have thought about a MMPR movie, I’m basically remaking Day of the Dumpster. Zordon and Alpha are alerted of this and that’s when they call for their teenagers with attitude. Like on the show, the Rangers are initially skeptical. Rita is too busy attacking Earth though for them to be skeptical for too long. Rita is forming a big plan during the attack. She is summoning a monster who can easily defeat the Rangers. In the meantime though, she sends out Goldar and Putty Patrollers. The Power Rangers defeat Goldar and company rather easily. We have established that the Rangers are decently competent fighters who study martial arts or other athletic practices. That way it is not far-fetched when they defeat Goldar. I mean they defeated Goldar and King Sphinx in Day of the Dumpster, so I don’t see why they can’t here.

2nd Act

The Rangers are happy they defeated Goldar and they seem to accept the role as Power Rangers. Rita, however, is not too concerned that the Rangers were defeated. She was buying time summoning a more powerful monster. Here’s where I am split on with the monster. I think they should either go with an original monster here or go with Lokar. I’m siding with Lokar because I like retelling the TV series. I would not mind an original monster though. Basically I would combine the plots of Day of the Dumpster and Doomsday. Rita would transport everyone in Angel Grove (maybe Earth) to another dimension with the help of Lokar. The second act ends with the Rangers fighting Lokar and losing which forces them to retreat.

Final Act

The Rangers are reeling from their first defeat in only their second battle as Power Rangers. Their initial confidence is gone since they thought they could defeat anything. Lokar and Rita are destroying buildings now and causing havoc while taunting the Rangers to show themselves. Zordon gives the Rangers a speech and it inspires Jason to lead the charge giving the Power Rangers their confidence back. The Rangers get back into the action and fight Lokar. They manage to get the upperhand, but Rita summons Cyclopsis to destroy the Rangers for good so Rita can conquer Earth. This is when Zordon tells the Rangers about their Dinozords. They get in their Zords, they defeat Cyclopsis and Lokar, and everyone is saved because Lokar’s destruction allows for everyone to return to this dimension. Zordon thanks the Power Rangers for their service and asks them to continue their mission to stop Rita Repulsa who got away. The Rangers accept and they can even do a cheesy jumping high five shouting “Power Rangers” to end the film. I think that’s basically the ending to Doomsday.

Post Credits Scene

I’ve seen so many people mention this scene already, but there’s really no other thing to do. A defeated Rita reveals she has the Green Power coin. End film.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2: Green with Evil

greencoin

Pre Title Sequence

I’d do one of two things here, but they get us to the same point. First option would be the Power Rangers defeating a monster. I’d make it an iconic monster like a Knasty Knight, Pudgy Pig, or King Sphinx. I’d probably go Knasty Knight in this situation since it helps set up the Green Ranger arc. The other option would be to have a montage of the Power Rangers defeating various monsters like the ones I already mentioned. I call this the Rocky 3 opening. You could even play Eye of the Tiger, but that would be too cheesy. Then again, this is Power Rangers. Rita realizes that her monsters keep failing. She has been looking for the perfect Green Ranger, but has been having no luck. Jason enters a martial arts competition and makes it to the finals before finishing in a draw with a guy named Tommy Oliver. Title Sequence!

1st Act

You already know this is a retelling of Green with Evil. I put that as the title even. Rita tests Tommy and then abducts him. We need some flirting with Kimberly before this though. She does her old brainwashing thing and makes him the Green Ranger. Meanwhile, the Power Rangers have gotten confident and a little cocky with their powers. Kimberly even seems more excited about a future date with Tommy over being a Ranger. No monsters are posing a threat, so they have become relaxed with their powers. This is where my Rocky 3 parallels continue. The main difference being Goldar isn’t coming in to help the Rangers train. The Rangers go down to fight another Rita monster. Maybe you could use Knasty Knight here. The Rangers defeat him, and the Knasty Knight explodes leaving only the Sword of Darkness. This is when the Green Ranger picks up the Sword of Darkness. He immediately goes to town on the Power Rangers and dominates them.

2nd Act

The Rangers retreat to the Command Center to find that the place had already been wrecked by the Green Ranger during their fight with the Knasty Knight. Zordon and Alpha are out of commission until Billy gets them somewhat functioning. Jason is furious about this and he goes out and tries to find the Green Ranger. A damaged Zordon tells Jason to not take the Green Ranger lightly. This man is a killer like Clubber Lang. Jason doesn’t not seem to listen well. He goes out to find the Green Ranger and Rita transports him to her Dark Dimension. Jason gets his ass kicked because he doesn’t fight smart. The Green Ranger is about to kill him when Billy transports his Jason out of there with the help of a restored Zordon.

Final Act

The Power Rangers have basically learned their lesson at this point. They know not to underestimate their opponents anymore. The Green Ranger warns the Rangers he will attack Angel Grove if they do not fight him. The Ranger show up and they fight the Green Ranger again. This time it is a more even fight with the Green Ranger having to retreat to his Dragonzord. The Rangers summon their Megazord and the two zords fight it out. The Dragonzord is defeated, but not destroyed. A weakened Green Ranger challenges the Red Ranger to a fight to the death. Jason ultimately wins the fight, but he refuses to kill the Green Ranger. I’m not sure if I would have revealed to the Rangers if Tommy was the Green Ranger yet like in the show. It might work better if they don’t know, but I would include a scene where Kimberly is upset that Tommy skipped out on their date. Tommy is turned into a good Power Ranger with the Sword of Darkness being destroyed. Zordon welcomes Tommy to the team and the Power Rangers are all happy again. We might even get another cheesy jumping high five.

Post Credits Scene

Rita has been hinting the whole film that she has a boss who tells her what to do. She mentions at one point that if her Green Ranger plan fails then her boss would come to Earth. The post credits scene would then show Lord Zedd inside Serpentera heading to Earth.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 3: The Wrath of Zedd

zedd facepalm

Pre-Title Sequence

I should mention that Wrath of Zedd is a joke title, but it’s where my plot is going. Basically, I’d have Zedd come to Earth here and kick Rita off the moon. I’d probably also have the Power Rangers fighting a monster again or perhaps they are on some sort of other adventure. Either way, I want this scene to show that Jason and Tommy are best friends now. These guys have each other’s back. Some Kimberly/Tommy romance stuff can also be sprinkled into this scene. I’d probably have that through the whole film though.

1st Act

I haven’t had as much time to think about this film. I’d say it’s more of a mix between The Mutiny and Green No More with similarities to The Power Transfer (No Rocky, Aisha, Adam) and the first movie. So the first act would basically be the Power Rangers are at the top of their game. They aren’t too confident or cocky anymore. They are basically the best they can be. That is until Lord Zedd comes down and kicks their ass. The Megazord sees its demise in the 1st Act. The Dragonzord is salvaged. Lord Zedd is fighting the Power Rangers in this film. This isn’t The Mutiny where Pirantishead is the monster. That’s not going to work on the big screen. Zordon tells the Power Rangers about how the ancient Power Rangers from the first film hid their legendary Thunderzords or possibly an upgraded Dinozords instead. Think of that rumored Zyu3 design for you Power Rangers fans out there. So the Rangers have to go to another planet and that leads us into the….

2nd Act

This is where we see similarities to the first movie, Power Transfer, and Ninja Quest.  The Power Rangers have to find these ancient Zords or maybe new powers as well to combat Zedd. Zedd isn’t going to Ivan Ooze this though and chill on Earth. He’s chasing them down in Serpentera the whole way. He’s got long  battery life too in this film. This leads to a few battles here and there and Zedd eventually believes he destroyed the Power Rangers. So now he goes back to Earth to finish off the planet. He’s looking to destroy this planet because of Zordon and the previous failures by Rita. The Power Rangers are not destroyed and instead they get lucky and find the Zords/powers. Poor Tommy doesn’t get any new powers though since there were only five new Zords. He’s cool about it though and is just happy the Rangers can fight Zedd now.

Final Act

The Power Rangers have to race back to Earth now in their new Zords. Speaking of which, I can’t decide how I wanted them to get to the planet. Possibly teleporting or even a space ship. Zedd is about to have Serpentera blow up the Earth when the Power Rangers just make it in time to deflect the blast. The blast does weaken Serpentera forcing it to land on Earth where the Power Rangers can combat it. Tommy summons the Dragonzord to join the fight. The battle is hard fought between Zedd’s Serpentera and the new Megazord. The Megazord defeats Serpentera, but Zedd activates the self destruct mechanism which will destroy the Earth. The Megazord is too weakened to do anything, but the Dragonzord has just enough power left in it. Tommy’s Dragon Dagger is too damaged from the events of the film to summon enough power to control the Dragonzord. This leads to Tommy having to pilot the Dragonzord itself. The Dragonzord flies into space, Zedd can’t do anything since Serpentera had no power left, and the Dragonzord and Serpentera blow up. Tommy is dead. The Rangers mourn for him. Lord Zedd was able to escape in an escape pod, but he did not avoid the explosion and he lands on Earth. Zedd gives the Devimon from Digimon speech that there are far more evil beings than him out there. Jason says they will be read to face any evil in honor of their friend. The film ends with a private funeral for Tommy. I’m going to call him an orphan just to avoid people wondering what happened to Tommy.

Post Credits Scene

This is where I’m split going into the next film. This post credits scene would either show Rita going home to get help in Master Vile and Rito Revolto or it would show the possibility of Tommy still being alive. I’d prefer not to do the second option though.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 4: White Knight

Master_Vile

Pre Title Sequence

This again would probably be Rita being back with Master Vile and Rito Revolto at her side. I don’t really have anything for the Power Rangers to do in this opening sequence.

1st Act

Not much time has passed between films. The Power Rangers are still mourning the loss of Tommy. They are also questioning their own mortality at this point. No Power Ranger had died before, so this was brand new to them. The Power Rangers do their best to help clean up the streets and repair damage from the previous film. Maybe Serpentera killed some cities before it was destroyed. That would help explain Tommy’s death more now that I think about it. The Power Rangers know there is still an evil threat out there since Zedd warned them. Finally, that threat arrives. Rita and her family have returned to Earth. I just thought of an alternate plot to this film where Zedd survives the 3rd film and joins with Rita, but I’m sticking with this plot without Zedd. Too many ideas on the fly.

2nd Act

Master Vile concocts a plan where they attack different parts of the world making it harder for the Power Rangers to get to all of them. The Power Rangers try their best to save as many cities as possible, but they can’t be a multiple places at once. They try splitting up, but it’s not working. This is when their White Knight arrives. The White Ranger helps the Power Rangers even the odds and push back Vile and Rita’s forces. The six Rangers return to the Command Center and we get the reveal of who the White Ranger is. Now who is the White Ranger? Well, in the third film I’d set up a couple good Samaritan characters that help during crisis. We get to know those characters throughout that film and we see them interact with the Rangers. You can even call one of them Richie. Those characters are also in this film as possible White Rangers. Hell, you could even make Skull a possible White Ranger candidate. The other option is that Tommy survived the explosion from the third film and Zordon had somehow kept him alive in a chamber until he made him the White Ranger. Now that option would make Zordon seem like a dick for not telling the Rangers though. I personally would keep Tommy dead (I know that’s blasphemy) and go with a new White Ranger. Zordon does create this White Ranger though using technology from the new powers of the last film.

Final Act

Master Vile, Rita, and Rito have focused their attack on Earth’s biggest city. The Power Rangers must stop them. Simple enough. There’s going to be a lot of destruction and civilian deaths in this. I’m thinking Man of Steel/Avengers levels of destruction. The Rangers overcome the odds in the end by combining the Megazord and Tigerzord to defeat Vile, Rita, and Rito once and for all. No more Rita after this film. She’s dead. The film ends with the Rangers celebrating and promising to rebuild the city.

Post Credits Scene

One might not be needed in this film, but if I had to do one then I would probably set up Dark Specter and the United Alliance of Evil.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 5: The Final Frontier

Megaship

Pre Title Sequence

I have no good subtitle for this film at the moment, so I’m going with the classics. I have a few different ways I want to go with this film. First off, a few years have passed since the fourth film. The Rangers have helped rebuild. Humans have started to move out into space more to meet other planets and form alliances with them. One of the planets reveals that throughout the universe, the United Alliance of Evil  have been strengthening their forces to conquer more and more planets. Some planets are destroyed or severely damaged depending on if they have good resources. This is where you can throw in a reference to KO-35 and even have them get some help from Andros. I wouldn’t make him a Power Ranger though. I don’t think there should be other sets of Power Rangers in this universe. This seems like it could be a long pre-title sequence so some of this can go in the first act. I would also set up the villain for this film working for Dark Specter. Dark Specter is the big bad for the 6th and final film of my ideas. I have three ideas for a villain in this film. I’d go with The Machine Empire, The Psycho Rangers, or a completely original villain. Maybe even do two of them.

1st Act

I’d continue with the Power Rangers and other Earthlings working on relations with other planets. This is when the villain invades. Chaos is caused and the Power Rangers must use their Megazord to stop the villain. This villain is holding back though and retreats because a different plan is in the works.

2nd Act

While the Power Rangers are occupied on let’s say KO-35 for television continuity, Dark Specter has sent forces to Earth. The Power Rangers learn of this and hurry back to Earth, but they are too late. Cities have been leveled and people are dead. The Command Center has also been thrashed. Zordon has been taken and Alpha destroyed. The Rangers defeat the forces on Earth, but then they realize that KO-35 is now under attack once again.

Final Act

The Power Rangers return to a pretty much destroyed KO-35 where everything is pretty much in ruin. The villain the Power Rangers are facing is pretty even with them. Similar to the end of the Power Rangers Turbo episodes Chase into Space, the Power Rangers sacrifice their Zords to destroy  the villain(s) for this film. The Power Rangers are broken because they have no way to save Zordon now. This is basically an Empire Strikes back ending. The Power Rangers head back to Earth on a NASADA shuttle and look through the rubble of the Command Center. It is here where they discover a secret chamber. Zordon and Alpha had been working on new upgrades to the suits. We see what looks like the Power Rangers in Space suits with some MMPR tweaking in there. We can’t have too much change! The film ends with a recorded message from Alpha or Zordon telling them they had been working with Alpha to form a new Zord: enter the Astro Megaship. Credits roll!

Post Credits Scene

Basically Dark Specter planning his invasion of the galaxy.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

Dark_Specter

Pre-Title Sequence

We pretty much set up that this is the final film. Dark Specter is ready to take over the universe and the Power Rangers are ready to stop them with their new Astro Megaship.

1st Act

This will be an all out war with the Megaship battling enemy ships. This one might be an explosion happy film. The Power Rangers also manage to try and round up some help from the alliances they made with planets like KO-35, Triforia, and Aquitar. Maybe I’ll even let them form their own Power Rangers after all, but that would be pushing it. Probably too much for one film.

2nd Act

Dark Specter finally confronts the Rangers. They form the Astro Megazord and we get a good battle between the two sides. The Rangers think they have a shot at winning when Dark Specter brings up that he has Zordon in his stomach or something. I haven’t really thought that out. Dark Specter will look nothing like Malagore from the Turbo movie by the way. I’d go with an original design, but keep the Dark Specter name. Anyways, Specter warns the Power Rangers that if they kill him then they kill Zordon. They don’t want to do that. No Z Wave in this film. Zordon is unable to communicate with them too at this time. Dark Specter gets away leaving the Rangers beaten because they refused to fight him. Their Powers and Megazord are pretty damaged at this point. Specter decides to go to Earth destroy what the Rangers love most before taking over the universe.

3rd Act

Specter’s forces are decimating the planet. People are wondering where the Power Rangers are. Bulk and Skull give their pep talk though like in Countdown to Destruction and lead the charge against the enemies. The Rangers finally return to Earth in their damaged Megaship. They have been working on a way to contact Zordon the whole time, but it’s been near impossible with him trapped inside Specter. This leads us into the final battle between Specter and the Astro Megazord. Then out of nowhere Tommy returns in a new Super Dragonzord. Tommy is also now played by Jason David Frank…..oh sorry about that. JDF hijacked my blog. Speaking of which, I wonder if I should turn the White Ranger into the Silver Ranger during this. Maybe the White/Silver Ranger helping people on the planet like in CTD. He can even have his own Delta Megaship if he must. That might take too much explanation for why he needs his own Zord again though. Back to Specter vs. Astro Megazord, the Power Rangers are finally able to communicate with Zordon after a lengthy battle where they held back a bit. Zordon basically tells them the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few, so he’s all for them sacrificing him. The Power Rangers put everything that have into a final blow and they destroy Dark Specter. All over the universe we see his forces fall and the Power Rangers have saved the day. The film ends with the Rangers helping rebuild and agreeing to always protect the universe. They can reveal their identities to the public. Mainly so Bulk and Skull can see who they are. That can happen earlier in this film.

Post Credits Scene

Nothing. Just the logo. Maybe a montage of highlights from past films.

That’s it. Those are my six film ideas for a Power Rangers Cinematic Universe. I came up with half of those while writing this. Now I didn’t outline everything.  I said at the beginning I would leave out Bulk and Skull stuff. More personal relationships would also be needed. I think I’d pair Trini up with the White Ranger (unless it’s Tommy since he belongs with Kimberly). I wouldn’t be against pairing Jason and Kimberly up after the fourth film though. I was more concerned about main plots here. I’ll give a quick summary though for those too lazy to read.

First Film: Retelling of Day of the Dumpster and Doomsday

Second Film: Retelling of Green with Evil

Third Film: Retelling of The Mutiny, Green No More, The Power Transfer, Ninja Quest, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie; It’s a weird blend of those

Fourth Film: Retelling of White Light with 3rd season MMPR characters like Rito Revolto and Master Vile

Fifth Film: Slight retelling of  Turbo’s Chase into Space along with some Power Rangers in Space elements

 Sixth Film: Retelling of Countdown to Destruction

There you have it! Six Power Rangers films for Saban to think about. My ideas probably won’t ever come to fruition, but it was fun to write. Take care everyone and let’s hope this new Power Rangers movie doesn’t suck.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 17: V.R. Troopers – Santa’s Secret Trooper

Image

I was a Power Rangers guy growing up and I still am today. I love everything about that show from the cheesy acting to the awesome fight scenes. It’s something I will never get tired of watching. The good people of Saban back in the 90s decided to test that. Saban produced Power Rangers taking footage from the Super Sentai series in Japan. Power Rangers was a huge success, so Saban wanted to maximize this success by bringing in more shows from Japan. This is when we get shows like Masked Rider, Big Bad Beetleborgs, and today’s feature: V.R. Troopers. I enjoyed some V.R. Troopers when I was younger, but I never got into it as much as I did Power Rangers. I think that rang true for everyone since Power Rangers is still on today. V.R. Troopers features three teenagers as the V.R. Troopers. Ryan Steele is the leader of the bunch. I’ll be honest that I don’t know the personality traits of these characters well since this is the first episode I’ve watched in almost twenty years. I do know that Brad Hawkins who played Ryan Steele was almost cast as the White Ranger in Power Rangers while Jason David Frank was going to be the lead on V.R. Troopers which would be called Cybertron. Things worked out for the better. The other two characters are J.B. Reese and Kaitlin Star. Kaitlin Star is played by Sarah Brown who has made a living on the soap opera circuit. There’s a mentor character in Tao Chong and a professor that looks like an older Randy Jackson. There’s also a talking dog named Jeb. Let’s get going already.

The Plot

The Troopers are celebrating Christmas at Tao’s dojo. They are singing Christmas songs and cutting down trees. Your typical Saban Christmas. Thankfully it’s not a clip show. The Troopers and some kids meet an elf named Otto who works at the North Pole. I believe he was absent from I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger. I should note that V.R. Troopers plays like an episode of Power Rangers, but not as fun. The evil Grimlord. wants to kidnap the elf since he can grant wishes. I didn’t know elves had that power. Why didn’t Hermey the Elf just wish to be a dentist? The foot soldiers for Grimlord kidnap the elf and the bad guys mock him and make him grant a wish. The elf brings the Troopers to the bad guy’s lair and the elf took away their powers. I’m glad they had a good excuse for a reason to not let the Troopers morph. It’s a Saban tradition to not have a morphed fight in Christmas specials. The elf ends up tricking Grimlord into saying he wished he never met the elf and all is happily ever after. The kids are happy to see the elf back and they celebrate Christmas! Tao says they celebrate all religions actually once again proving that old school Saban cared more about other religions. Santa Claus shows up….and it’s the same Santa from I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger! Continuity! Power Rangers and V.R. Troopers take place in the same universe! Ryan’s father also shows up at the end and I’m guessing he had been gone for awhile. They sing one more song and Santa’s sleigh flies in front of the moon. Thankfully he doesn’t have a Robo Knight voice.

Final Analysis

It’s actually kind of entertaining. It’s fun in a cheesy Power Rangers way and I’d say it’s better than all the PR specials except I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger. I feel like it probably even advances the V.R. Troopers plot since his dad shows up at the end. I could be mistaken though. I’m happy the bad guy actually does something in this episode like what happened in I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger and Zeo’s A Season to Remember. So I’d probably recommend this for anybody who enjoys a fun, cheesy Christmas special. Nobody does cheese like Saban. Plus the evil guy has a great evil laugh and he pets an iguana. That’s awesome!

My Chicago Comic Con Experience

Image

August 10, 2013 will go down as one of the greatest days in my life. I went with the Valdizon sisters (Tanya and Cynthia) to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont, Illnois at the Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center. Lot of words in that last sentence. I figured I’d write this facebook note to chronicle my day at the convention.

We got there around 9 a.m. and had our tickets down or whatever. We then stood in our first of many lines of the day. This one was to get inside the convention which opened at 10 a.m. After a long wait, we made our way inside. Tanya and I had a photo op with the some of the cast of Smallville (Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Aaron Ashmore, and James Marsters). They were all so nice. James Marsters noticed my Green Power Ranger hoodie and told me he used to date the Pink Ranger. I’m jealous. That was my first crush. I actually went to his (James) line for a bit, but I knew he would be doing photo ops for a little bit. I decided to run around a bit to see who was around. I spotted Verne Troyer (who I never ended up talking to), Lita (same as Troyer), Lou Ferrigno (more on him later), and a slew of other talents whose names I forget at the time. I think some random porn stars were around too. I noticed Brandon Routh’s line was short and got in it. I got a nice picture with him and a good autograph. He’s a pretty cool guy, and we talked about both being Brandons. Good times.

I went with the Valdizons to Michael Rosenbaum next. He’s probably the funniest man I’ve ever met. He signed my Smallville Season 10 Blu Ray which I was happy about and then he plugged his new movie. His movie is called Back in the Day and it sounds pretty funny. He directed and wrote it so I will support it because Rosey is the man. We even talked about Sorority Boys for a bit. Jon Heder was at the booth next to him and I failed to talk to him. Freaking idiot! Gosh!

My mind is blanking on what I did next. I recall seeing Ralph Macchio from Karate Kid at some point. I failed to talk to him too. I really need more time at these things. I got in line for Jason David Frank after that. I’ve been amped to meet Jason David Frank all my life. I couldn’t wait. I should mention that there were these two really awesome Ninjetti Power Rangers costumes in front of me in line. They were custom made and one was even a Green Ranger Ninjetti which never existed in Power Rangers. The guy was pretty cool who made them. JDF showed up after a little wait, and we all went wild. He made videos of us chanting his name and yelling “It’s Morphin Time” and “Dragonzord”. It was a lot of fun. I took a picture with him there and got my Saba Sword and Green Ranger hoodie signed. Apparently the person who voiced Dil Pickles (Rugrats) and Timmy Turner (Fairly Oddparents) was at the booth next to JDF. I wasn’t aware who Tara Strong was at the time, but I do now. Someoen really needs to inform me these things!

I met Milo Ventimiglia after that. I talked to him about working for Stallone. We need to bring him back for Rocky VII! I went to the Michael Rosenbaum Q&A after this with the Valdizon sisters. I couldn’t get enough of Rosey at this Con. His Q&As are the best. He’s all over the room calling on people and making them do things. I even got to ask him a question about John Glover’s magnificent mane of hair. My girlfriend also got to ask him a question. Points for both of us!

We headed back to the James Marsters booth after that. It’s a very long wait at his booth because he likes talking to everyone which is great. Such a cool guy and he kept telling me how hot the Pink Ranger was. He also gave me piece of his chocolate cupcake. Yes, I ate off of James Marsters’ cupcake. He also did a nice thing for Tanya and Cynthia’s mom who is in Uganda. He let them tape a video of him speaking to her. I love his fake British accent! I should also mention the Jason Priestly booth was next to his. I kept thinking I should go meet him, but I never did. James promoted his band while he was there. His son was with him, and he’s in the band. The band guys seemed pretty cool. I’m looking forward to hearing their music. We also stopped by the Allison Mack booth after that. She’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She’s so pretty. I even told her that. I couldn’t help it.

I headed over to the Jason David Frank Q&A after that. He’s always very entertaining taking pictures of everybody and trying to start chants. I didn’t learn too much from the Q&A, but I had a blast. He called Johnny Yong Bosch on his phone at one point. JDF is such a jokester and loves having fun with his fans. I can appreciate that. I bow to his greatness.

I met Zachary Quinto after getting back from the JDF Q&A. I told him he has nice eyebrows. Someone really needs to give me cuecards of questions to ask these people. I wonder how many of them thought I was a complete idiot. He said he got his eyebrows from his parents if you were curious. I spotted Dennis Rodman at one point. I don’t remember when. I think it was actually after I met JDF, but I just remembered now. I headed over to the Aaron Ashmore booth after this. We talked about his brother some and Smallville. All the Smallville people are good people. They probably all think I’m a weirdo, but I can accept that.

I got in line for my photo op with Jason David Frank in the Green Ranger costume. This was a dream come true posing with JDF dressed as the Green Ranger. He was one of my biggest influences and icons in my childhood. I can’t describe how awesome it was. I did my silly pose and he looked all badass in the suit. Perfect! I told him, “May the power protect you.” It was a proud day for this longtime Power Rangers fan.

I decided to meet those Weasleys after that. James and Oliver Phelps have real British accents which was awesome. I asked them if they get confused who is who in the pictures sometimes. They say they can depending on the photo effects done to them. Lou Ferrigno was across the way after them. He has a really big hand. He didn’t seem to be in the best mood at the time though. Maybe he doesn’t like when people don’t spend money on him. Wil Wheaton on the other hand was pretty cool. He even gave those Valdizons a free autograph. I wasn’t that lucky, but I did get to ask him a question about who would win between Captain Picard and Sheldon Cooper. He made the smart decision with Picard. Once again I prove I need handwritten questions beforehand.

All in all, it was a pretty successful day. I did miss out on CM Punk (line was long and I went to a Q&A during that), The Shield (Never spotted them at all), Stan Lee(I tried to see him but the line was blocking him), Linda Blair (I was in line but I had to make my photo op with JDF), Michael Shannon (Zod wasn’t there too long), and Robert Rodriguez (his lines were always long). Next year I will try to schedule and plan things out better. You get caught up in the moment easily while there. So many people in costumes and so many different places to go. My mind was going crazy. I clung to the Smallville people and Jason David Frank since they were so nice.

 

I spotted many great people today, and I’m ready to do it again next year. I had a blast. It’s late now. I’m back home. Hocus Pocus finished on ABC Family when I started writing this. Some crappy infomercial is on now. I should go to bed. Night night!

Top 10 Guys that I want as Batman

With news of an upcoming Batman/Superman movie from the San Diego Comic Con, a lot of people have been putting together lists of people they want to see as the Caped Crusader. They usually go with guys they think would make a great Batman. Most people I have seen have been decent choices. I could never see a Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling as Batman though. Bradley Cooper will always be that douche from Wedding Crashers to me, and Ryan Gosling will always be that guy who is not Ryan Reynolds. You can tell me how great Drive is all you want! All I can say is don’t watch it while you have been drinking.

My top 10 list of people will not be the best choices. Most of them won’t even be good. Hell, they are all going to be pretty bad. This is just a top 10 list of people who would entertain me if they played Batman next to Henry Cavill’s Superman. Here we go!

#10 John Cena

Image

This is actually a rumor I read about today. Current WWE Champion John Cena playing Batman. Cena would have to take a lot of time off of pro wrestling to do this role which is fine by me. Nobody is more boring to watch in wrestling than John Cena. His act is beyond stale at this point, but people watch him so that’s cool. He still puts on good matches. It’s time for him to step into a new role though. We want him as the Dark Knight! SuperCena vs. Superman on the big screen. Cena has done some acting in his time with movies like The Marine and 12 Rounds which are entertaining crapfests. That’s what I want from my Batman/Superman movie. Entertaining schlock. Watching Cena try to act his way as Bruce Wayne and Batman will make me laugh for weeks. Make it happen DC!

#9 Nicolas Cage

Image

The once almost Superman would be a great Batman. He could finally get his revenge by beating up the character he almost was. Almost everything Nic Cage is in entertains me. The man is usually never boring. He can be a vampire or a guy searching for treasure. Cage is awesome. A crazed Cage Batman/Bruce Wayne would provide many great moments with Henry Cavill wondering what the hell is wrong with this guy. Cage even makes the alphabet exciting.

#8 Jaleel White

Image

I’ll be honest. I’ve been on a Family Matters kick lately. I love watching Jaleel White as Steve Urkel getting into hijinks with Carl Winslow. White’s acting talents really shined through on the show. He played multiple characters throughout his time on Family Matters. He played the nerd in Steve Urkel, the suave Stefan Urquelle, the Detroit thug OGD, Bruce Lee Urkel, Elvis Urkel, and even Steve’s cousin: Myrtle Urkel. Jaleel White can do it all. He could easily pull off the dual identity of Bruce Wayne and Batman. He even played Super Urkel one time. He has experience as a superhero. It’s time for the Dark Urkel to rise.

#7 Adam West

Image

Here’s a man with plenty of experience as Batman. Adam West today is known for being the crazy mayor of Quahog on Family guy. Back in the 60s though, he was the Batman. I say it’s time to bring him back. It would be great to put the 60s Batman series in the same universe as Man of Steel. I heard talks of a possible Batman Beyond film before the Batman/Superman film was announced. I figured they might as well combine the films. Let an old Batman show this new Superman the way. I’d find that to be awesome.

#6: Henry Cavill

Image

You might be confused now. Cavill is Superman! He’s the Man of Steel! He can’t also be Batman! In my world he can be! Watching Cavill act opposite himself would be hilarious. He can play the brooding Batman and the happy Superman. He already played a brooding Superman. It’s time to split the roles. Imagine the fight scenes against himself or the awkward dialogue scenes with himself. It’s a hilarious film waiting to happen.

#5 Robert Pattinson

Image

The backlash alone from casting Edward from Twilight as Batman would be so worth him getting the role. I wouldn’t even need to watch the film. I’d be happy just for the negative response. It would be even better if he actually pulled off the performance and did pretty well. I say give him a chance! We want Edward as Batman! I mean you all liked him as Cedric Diggory. Give him another try! It’s either him or Taylor Lautner.

#4 Hayden Christensen

Image

Speaking of guys who need one more chance, poor Hayden here is hated by a lot of people for ruining Star Wars. He’s not that bad of an actor. I blame poor direction by that George Lucas fellow for the failure of the Star Wars prequels. I figure there would be a lot of backlash here as well. I say give him a shot. He might impress some people. He could also fail in an unbelievable way. It’s a win win situation. They should totally make a Batman Star Wars film, but that’s another subject.

#3 Jensen Ackles

Image

This is actually a pretty legit choice for Batman. I’m a huge Supernatural fan so I would love to seen Jensen as Batman. While the other choices on my list have been for laughs, this one is serious. Ackles has just missed on being Superman on Smallville as well as being Captain America. He did a great job in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, so I consider Jensen to be a great choice. Plus this scene from Supernatural is awesome.

#2 Jason David Frank

Image

What do you get when you cross the Green Ranger with Batman? Pure Awesome! I’ve seen JDF kick so much ass since I was young. It’s been forever since I’ve seen him kick ass on the big screen. JDF has worn 5 different Power Ranger costumes. I think it’s time he dons the cape of the Dark Knight. Being a Power Ranger is already like playing Batman with the secret identity. The Red Ranger in Power Rangers: Dino Thunder even mentioned Batman’s name in the same sentence as the great  Tommy Oliver. They gave Tommy a Batcave pretty much in Dino Thunder! Make him Batman!

#1 Tommy Wiseau

Image

Tommy Wiseau is the worst choice possible to play Batman which makes him my favorite choice of the bunch. The man can’t act, but he’s so hilarious at his ineptitude. If you’ve seen The Room, then you know what I’m talking about. Go watch it if you haven’t. It’s awesome. I’d laugh my ass off watching Tommy Wiseau as Batman. Warner Brothers needs this to happen. Marvel films would all suck in comparison to Tommy Wiseau as Batman. Here’s Tommy dubbed into The Dark Knight.