The Angel Grove High logo in the film is the same one used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon in the film, previously voiced the monsters Twin Man and Snizzard in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank, who were Kimberly and Tommy in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), have cameo roles in this film as Angel Grove citizens. They are seen wearing their Ranger colors (pink and green) from that show.
In Trini's bedroom, there is a window that features a circle with a tiger's head; this was the Yellow Ranger's original Power Coin design in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
At one point the Yellow Ranger Trini wears a shirt that reads 1973. This was the year that the original Trini ,Thuy Trang was born.
A linguist was hired to create the language of Eltar. Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader had trouble with the language, but Elizabeth Banks became fluent in it.
Originally scheduled for release on July 22, 2016, Lionsgate delayed the release to January 2017 to allow the film "room to grow." The date was pushed again to March 24, 2017.
The school used as Angel Grove High School in this film is the same school used for Smallville High School on Smallville (2001).
According to the director Dean Israelite, a scene in the trailer of Jason and Kimberly kissing was cut after test audiences voiced that they felt it put focus on their romance as opposed to Kimberly's redemption story.
The Power Morphers in this film are based on the Power Coins from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (a set of coins with animal motif) and the Dino Gems from Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) (a set of colored jewels that grant superpowers).
In preparation for the movie, the streaming service Twitch streamed all 831 episodes of the show, lasting from March 14 to March 30, 2017.
Some Angel Grove street signs read "Reefside" and "Ocean Bluff Rd." These are a reference to Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) and Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), which were set in the cities of Reefside and Ocean Bluff. In the movie Sam Scott also mentions "Mariner Bay", a location from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000).
The Power Ranger uniforms have been upgraded from spandex armor to an alien crystal that forms around the rangers.
This is the third Power Rangers movie to be on the big screen, after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). However, this is a reboot of the series and is not connected to these two films.
The watch that Billy wears is the watch from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), which Billy made in that show so that the Rangers can communicate with each other/teleport to Zordon.
Amy Jo Johnson revealed in an interview that she only landed her cameo after her agent phoned the production in Canada. She had been turned down when her agent in the United States had attempted to secure her a cameo.
Throughout the movie, all the Power Rangers wear something (clothes/jewelry) that is their Ranger color.
The film opened wide in the United States on March 24, 2017. In The Breakfast Club (1985), which the filmmakers call an influence on the film, the students met for detention on March 24, 1984, 33 years earlier.
Ludi Lin visited his old high school to prepare for his role as Zack. He blended in successfully, even telling some students he was a transfer student and asking for a tour, until one of his old teachers walked up to him and said, "Ludi? You're still here?"
Much of the Storybrooke, Maine buildings from Once Upon A Time (2011) can be seen, including the infamous library however the CGI clock tower has been removed from its roof.
In Billy's bedroom, there are toys of Squat, Baboo and Finster on his shelf. These monsters were characters from the original television series up to Power Rangers in Space (1998).
When the Zords charge into battle, the theme song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) is heard. Composer Brian Tyler had created an orchestral score of the "Power Rangers" theme, but the filmmakers decided to use the original theme song instead.
It is the first Power Rangers theatrical film to receive a PG-13 rating. The previous two theatrical films were rated PG.
Zack is excited at being a Black ranger, which the black character Billy is slightly offended by. In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Zack Taylor (originally played by Walter Jones) was a black character.
Ludi Lin, who plays Zack the Black Ranger, auditioned for the movie in a low-equipped TV studio in Singapore because he had no time to go to Los Angeles. He learned while being in Beijing, China, from his manager that the director was really impressed by him.
Many fans have postulated that the character Billy Cranston, in both the series and the film, is named after Bryan Cranston, who had done voice work for Saban Entertainment and plays Zordon in this film. In actuality, the character name appeared in Haim Saban's original (unsuccessful) pitch for an American adaptation of Super Electronic Bioman (1984).
During the closing credits, a statement reads: "Based off of Super Sentai by Toei Productions". This marks this film as one of the few "Power Rangers" features to pay homage to its Japanese origins.
In an early draft by Max Landis, the writer switched the colors of both Kimberly and Zack, making Zack the Pink Ranger and Kimberly the Black Ranger. This concept was quickly scrapped.
The producers cite Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films and the teen dramedy The Breakfast Club (1985) as an influence on the film. Elizabeth Banks (Rita Repulsa in this film) co-starred in Raimi's Spider-Man films as Betty Brant.
Stefanie Scott and AnnaSophia Robb were considered for the role of Kimberly Ann Hart.
The Ranger actors worked a lot with their stand doubles for the fighting scenes, and had extensive training prior to shooting and they learned a diverse range of styles.
In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), all five Rangers were given a custom weapon which they could combine to form a powerful weapon. In this film, Jason is the only Ranger to wield a custom weapon. The filmmakers said they wanted all the other Rangers to get their weapons but this had to be cut out for running time purposes.
According to actor Dacre Montgomery (Jason) there was more of an emphasis on the romance between Jason and Kimberly in production than what ended up in the film. He suggested there was potential to delve deeper into that aspect of their relationship in future installments.
The Rangers having their visors removed was taken from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) (scenes deleted), Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000) and Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003).
Jason throws a Camaro car, calling it Bumblebee after the heroic Autobot from the "Transformers" live-action films. The film features two "Transformers" actors, Fred Tatasciore and Garry Chalk.
This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the characters Jason, Zack, & Trini as Rangers. Jason had previously appeared in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) but was a civilian, while Zack and Trini make their film debut for the first time.
Jason, Kimberly, and Billy pass a note around in detention that reads "We should start a band." Naomi Scott (Kimberly) was in the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth (2011) which is about kids in detention starting a band.
Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery and Becky G have all spoken in favor of casting a woman as the traditionally male Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. Dacre Montgomery named Gigi Hadid, who is a big fan of the franchise and campaigned for the role of Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger in this film, as his choice.
Naomi Scott (Kimberly), RJ Cyler (Billy) and Becky G (Trini) were born in 1993, 1995 and 1997 - the same years Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) & Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) came out.
Naomi Scott, who plays Kimberly the Pink Ranger, originally auditioned for the role of Trini the Yellow Ranger.
The scenes concerning Angel Grove were filmed in the British Colombian interior city of Kamloops - the downtown area and the Kamloops First Nations reserve. This is most evident during a explosion, where Kamloops' downtown landmark "Zack's Coffee & Tea" is blown to bits.
According to audio commentary from director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins the scene between Jason and Kimberly where they discuss running away together was the scene used to audition for the characters. They indicated it was one of the first scenes written for the film.
The first Power Rangers movies to feature Rita Repulsa as the main antagonist. In the first movie Ivan Ooze was the main antagonist, while Rita was only a secondary villain along side Lord Zedd. In Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Divatox was the main antagonist and Rita only had a cameo in it.
Roberto Orci was originally going to produce the film, but has dropped out due to commitments with Star Trek: Beyond (2016).
K.J. Apa, Enrique Alejandro, Mitchell Hope and Austin Butler were considered for the role of Jason Lee Scott.
K.J. Apa and Ross Butler auditioned for the roles of Rangers Jason and Zack. Both would later be cast as rivals Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle on Riverdale (2016).
Actresses Naomi Scott and Becky G, who play Kimberly the Pink Ranger and Trini the Yellow Ranger Trini, weren't fans of Power Rangers, as they were born during its debut era (the 1990s), but they became aware of the theme of the movie by their family members. Scott would play Power Rangers with her brother as a kid, and Becky learned about Power Rangers from her cousin.
This is the first Power Rangers movie to feature the original Dino Zords from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). The previous Power Rangers films each debuted a set of new Zords: the Ninja Zords in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and the Turbo Zords in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997).
Power Rangers is considered to be the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
Daniel Zovatto, Ross Butler and Brian Marc were considered for the role of Zack Taylor.
In the TV series, Zordon and Rita Repulsa weren't friends and weren't Power Rangers. In Zordon and Rita Repulsa's original backstory: Zordon led his warriors against Rita and her factions when Rita set out to conquer many worlds across the universe which many of Zordon's warriors were lost. After Rita joined Lord Zedd whom assigned her to conquer Earth, which was the location of the powerful Zeo Crystal and Zordon discovered the five Power Coins. Zordon had challenged Rita in a final meeting to decide the fate of the universe which was decided through a coin toss and Zordon used the Power Coins and won the toss and trapped Rita and her minions in a space dumpster and Rita used her powers and banished Zordon into a time warp.
In the scenes following the Rangers discovering they had changed, Jason is wearing a shirt with the logo for C. F. Martin and Co. C. F. Martin and Co. is the official name of the manufacturer of Martin Guitars located in Nazareth Pennsylvania
It is the first Power Rangers film to include multiple foul language in its dialogue. "Turbo: A Power Rangers: Movie" only featured the "H" word which was spoken by Divatox.
Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson whom played Tommy Oliver (The Green/White Ranger) and Kimberley Hart (The Pink Hart) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) (TV Series) make cameos during the final battle between The Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa and Goldar.
The first Power Rangers movie to not feature the characters Rocky DeSantos and Adam Park.
In the TV series, Zordon was trapped in a time warp by Rita Repulsa. In the film, Zordon's essence was saved by Alpha 5 when he died and imprinted on their ship which he existed as an avatar of the ship.
To popular belief, Elizabeth Banks is not the first notable actor/actress to play the main villain in a Power Rangers movie, Paul Freeman, famous for playing 'Belloq' in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), played the main villain (Ivan Ooze) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).