Director Explains Why Power Rangers Cut Jason And Kimberly's Kiss

Posted 2017/03/28 0 0

It turns out that when Power Rangers made it to test audiences, no one liked the kiss between Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and Jason (Dacre Montgomery).


Director Dean Israelite revealed to EW that the reason it was omitted was because no one liked it in test screenings:

“Nobody liked the kiss. It’s one of those rare times in a preview when something is so unanimous.”

The kiss originally came when Kimberly climbs into Jason’s room at night to confess to her cyber-bullying past. Her confession is heartfelt, and Jason’s response is mature and caring. Viewers in previews felt that the sincerity of the moment was undermined by the kiss, making the moment about the romance instead of Kimberly coming to terms with her actions. Furthermore, Israelite adds that when he reviewed the situation, he found he wholeheartedly agreed with the audience reaction:

For that scene to culminate in some kind of romantic moment between her and Jason undermines her character and feels a little old-fashioned and becomes a movie trope of the female lead there to support some kind of male arc. I think it was actually kind of lovely that the audience pushed so hard against that, and the moment we took it out, everybody liked Kimberly way more and felt she was much stronger, and I loved that we got that reaction.

Although considering there's a potential FIVE more Power Rangers movies in the works and the Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver, is almost definitely going to appear, you can probably expect some sort of love story, or love triangle, in the future.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Saban's Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott/the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston/the Blue Ranger, Becky G as Trini Kwan/the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor/the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart/the Pink Ranger, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader as Alpha 5, and Bryan Cranston as Zordon.

The film is being directed by Project Almanac-helmer Dean Israelite and was written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.