The newest “Power Rangers” movie is among the first to introduce an openly LGBT+ superhero.
Although both Marvel and D.C have superheroes who have been openly gay and bisexual, none of them have made it to the big screen. The superheroes who are part of the LGBT community in the comics have been depicted as cis-gendered straight males and females in their given film adaptations.
This is a huge step for the movie industry. Given the amount of superhero films coming out as of late, this could be a pivotal decision. The new “Power Rangers” movie addresses Trini’s (the yellow ranger’s) sexuality in a subtle but powerful way. Trini’s sexuality becomes apparent when it is revealed that Trini’s “boyfriend trouble” might be “girlfriend trouble.” Her sexuality and uncertainty is brought to attention in this candid conversation among friends.
Trini’s sexuality is in no way a motif of the film, nor should it be. Sexuality is only one facet of Trini’s character and it has very little to do with her fierce loyalty and willingness to protect others. However, I wont discredit its importance or pivotal role in the film.
Being confused is okay, not being a cis-gendered white female is okay — it’s important for people to know that. Trini is a step in the right direction for writers hoping to create real and dynamic characters. It is crucial to start normalizing different sexualities. Power Rangers offers a different point of view to the table when we’re so used to looking through only one.
The “Power Rangers” writers hit the mark with Trini’s character. Strong-willed and diverse, Trini makes a powerful superhero. Oh, and she just so happens to be gay.