Bryan Cranston Likens New ‘Power Rangers’ to ‘The Dark Knight’

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Last month it was revealed that acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston was heading to the big screen revival of “Power Rangers.” Now, Cranston is speaking out about what drew him to the project, and likening the feel of the film to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy in the process.

In the film, Cranston is portraying Zordon, the creator and mentor of the Power Rangers. Speaking to the Huffington Post about the film, he said:

“I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different.’ This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the [‘The Dark Knight‘] movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the filmmaking is completely different.”

Cranston joins previously announced star Elizabeth Banks, who will play the main villain in the film, Rita Repulsa.

In a first look at her character revealed back in April, which can be viewed below, Banks looks wonderfully menacing in a green reptilian-like suit, complete with green hair and terrifying nails.

In an interview with PEOPLE, Banks said, “I’ve never played a villain before,” adding that she’s excited for her “world domination – and being unpredictable as a character.”

The film is being based on the classic ‘90s TV show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which centers around five super teenagers known as the Blue, Black, Yellow, Pink and Red Power Rangers who fight different villains in order to protect humanity.

“Power Rangers” also stars Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, and Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger. Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac,” “Acholiland”) directs the film, which is slated for release next year on March 24.

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa