World Domination Underway for Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa

April 19, 2016


Lionsgate and Saban have just given People the first look at Rita Repulsa, the big baddie in the "Power Rangers" movie reboot.

For sentimentalists, a word of caution: This is nothing like the Rita of yore, bursting out of a space dumpster looking like a dowdy Maleficent. Sporting a sleek green catsuit and equally emerald mane, the new Repulsa bears more resemblance to Mortal Kombat's Jade than the Disney enchantress.

Elizabeth Banks, who plays Rita, called it "a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa."

The "Pitch Perfect" director claims this is her first shot at being a villainess, whom she described as "unpredictable" and out for "world domination." That is, if you don't count Effie Trinket's ties with the dystopian hegemony of "The Hunger Games."

"Power Rangers" will have a mighty morphin' time in theaters in March.

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