Here’s the first photo of Elizabeth Banks as the main villain in the new Power Rangers movie

The Pittsfield actress is ready to conquer Earth in the upcoming reboot.

Elizabeth Banks. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

The first photo of Elizabeth Banks as infamous Power Rangers villain Rita Repulsa is here, and the Pittsfield native looks pretty intimidating.

People Magazine first published the photo, along with a brief interview with Banks about what it’s like to portray the iconic baddie from the popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series of the ‘90s.

While she certainly looks menacing enough to play a space witch bent on conquering Earth, Banks looks nothing like the Rita Repulsa fans of the show remember.

“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” Banks told People, adding that she had never played a villain before.


Meanwhile, her green, reptilian-like Repulsa reminded many Twitter users of another villain: Poison Ivy from the Batman series.

Little is known about the upcoming film, other than that it is a reboot of the ‘90s American television series (as opposed to one of its many subsequent iterations) and that it will star a cast of newcomers as the five Power Rangers.

One thing is certain: Banks is going to need someone to work her phone for her on set.

The untitled Power Rangers film is slated to hit theaters March 24, 2017.


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