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“For Trini [Kwan, Yellow Ranger], really she's questioning a lot about who she is,” director Dean Israelite says to The Hollywood Reporter. “She hasn't fully figured it out yet.”
Just a warning, there may be some spoilers moving forward.
There's a scene that Israelite calls “pivotal” in the second act, during which someone assumes Trini, played by Becky G, is having “boyfriend problems.” However, it goes on to imply that she's having “girlfriend” problems.
Israelite continues: “I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'that's OK.' The movie is saying, 'that's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
Superhero movies are behind their more progressive comic book and TV counterparts in terms of LGBTQ+ representation. For example, the first gay DC or Marvel character came back in 1992: X-Men's Northstar.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” says original Blue Ranger David Yost, who identifies as gay and reportedly left the show due to harassment. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”