The greatest thing about the Power Rangers movie is that it has a black kid, a nerd, a lesbian, an asian, a cheerleader, a quarterback, and an autistic kid, but it doesn’t have The Black Kid™, The Nerd™, The Lesbian™, The Asian Kid™, The Cheerleader™, The Quarterback™ and The Autistic Kid™. They’ve normalized these pieces of their characters where most films exploit the stereotypes. Appropriate representation matters. They didn’t shy away from having their characters face real teenager situations, too. Would any other superhero have one of their characters sharing nudes around the school? Probably not. Lionsgate set a serious standard for superhero movies with this movie.
I love that billy was non neuro typical because as a black person , in media you dont really see much of black people as anything other than the token friend, baby-momma, deadbeat father or villain of some kind. Black people are displayed in tv how they are thought about and stereotyped as by other people. So seeing that billy had autism and was black was a breath of fresh air as a black person on the spectrum.
OKAY HEAR ME OUT, I WASN’T REALLY PAYING MUCH MIND TO ZACK’S “ARE WE GONNA BE FAMOUS?” OR “WE FOUND THESE ARE THEY WORTH SOMETHING?” SHTICK, BUT CONSIDERING HOW HE LIVES IN A TRAILER PARK WITH HIS SICK MOM, I’M SURE PART OF THE REASON HE’S ASKING THESE QUESTIONS IS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO AFFORD BETTER MEDICINE AND A BETTER LIFE FOR HER.