power rangers, new suits, first look, reboot, costumesWe're still many months away from the release of the "Power Rangers" reboot, but fans of the series now have their first look at what the new Rangers will be wearing when they battle Rita Repulsa.

Entertainment Weekly debuted the image, and it's certainly a striking one: The gang poses in front of a stark, dark background, their helmeted gazes aimed straight at the lens. But what stands out the most is that all of the Rangers are sporting what appear to be glowing orbs in the center of their chests, not unlike a certain Marvel superhero.
Their metallic-looking suits -- so long, spandex -- also evoke Iron Man, though according to director Dean Israelite, designers were hoping to capture a more organic look. "These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit," Israelite told EW. "Power Rangers" production designer Andrew Menzies also explained to Entertainment Weekly that the suit is "an alien costume that grows on them, that's not man-made."

The new duds are certainly in keeping with the look the film has previewed so far, like in the first image of Elizabeth Banks in costume as Rita Repulsa. Rita, who on the original '90s TV series had more of an earthy-witch-who's-been-electrocuted look, is in this iteration a sleek, reptilian-like villainess.

In his EW interview, Menzies teased a more mature "Rangers" this time around, and said that these new costumes are a reflection of that. Fans will have to wait to see just how successful that vision turns out to be.

"Power Rangers" is due in theaters on March 24, 2017.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

Photo credit: Tim Palen via Entertainment Weekly