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Power Rangers set photos offer a hint of Rita Repulsa's backstory

(Image credit: Lionsgate)

It's taken its time err, powering up, and now the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie has finally started shooting. The live-action flick follows a story that fans of the brightly-colored heroes will recognise: five high-schoolers find themselves battling against an alien threat out to destroy their hometown. Their enemy takes the form of Rita Repulsa, an unhinged baddie who wreaks havoc wherever she goes. 

So far, so Power Rangers. Well, that is until the first snap of Repulsa hit the web earlier this month. Elizabeth Banks' take on the iconic villain is completely different to the TV version. She's still got a flair for theatrics, don't worry, and this latest crop of snaps only prove that this Repulsa frankly doesn't give a damn about what's come before.

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Rumor has it that the difference in Banks' costume - compared to the green ensemble - is down to story. After being released from a 10,000-year prison stint for fighting an earlier group of Power Rangers, Repulsa is on the warpath and bumps into this new team while in her convict attire. The pictures show Repulsa alongside several of the heroes, including Naomi Scott's Pink Ranger. YVR Shoots, the site which posted the pics, claims that Repulsa was spotted 'sucking the life' from each of the Rangers. That goes some way to explaining the image where she appears to be laying a smooch on Scott's Kimberly Hart.

Directed by Dean Israelite and starring Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, and Elizabeth Banks, the Power Rangers movie will be released in UK and US cinemas on January 13, 2017.

Images: YVR Shoots / Lionsgate

Gem Seddon

I'm GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter. I'm a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator. You can find my byline on our best Netflix movies and best Netflix shows lists.