I’ve been keeping track of a low-budget movie called The Order, a film created by and starring former Power Rangers actors in which they don’t play Power Rangers but original characters in a political thriller action movie thing. I’ll talk more about that tomorrow but it’s not the only thing Ranger actors are doing. One of their project is a bit closer to home.
Legend Of The White Dragon features a handful of Power Ranger actors, with the title character being Jason David Frank, aka Tommy, the supposed best Power Ranger who just happens to keep turning evil once an appearance. This one sets a not-Power Rangers sentai team after they’ve lost the battle, with evil now running the world. Hunted down, our title hero has removed himself from the battle, but something may bring him back. If you follow fan films you may recognize the name of the production company in this teaser/ad for the Kickstarter.
Bat In The Sun has done a number of fan films, mainly involving comic book characters. They have hosted Frank’s My Morphing Life and done Power Ranger videos, which I haven’t watched. They are pretty popular though. They do have the right cred to produce their own original sentai movie, exploring what would happen if the Power Rangers or a similar team lose.
In the Aftermath, the city was left decimated. A past reminder of the great battle and fall of heroes. As a result of the death and destruction the city became known as Angel Graves. The heroes were blamed, stripped of their titles and hunted. But as evil once again threatens to return they must rise from the ashes with the power of the White Dragon.
I’m hoping they change that name. It just feels wrong, and this is kind of why this isn’t a “BW-Approved Kickstarter” article. Not that I’m putting it down. This is technically still a promotion for fans who might want to see this. While it does have former Ranger actors Jason Frank (of course), Johnny Yong Bosch, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason Faunt, Ciara Hannah, Yoshi Sudarso, and Chrysti Ane, as well as Jason’s daughter Jenna Frank (who was part of some production called Power Rangers Literary Morphers), it’s a darker take on the Rangers, and they seem to be alluding but not outright stating (for copyright reasons I imagine) that this is an alternate Angel Grove. That would be fine but I get burnt out on darker takes when so many seem to only want to do that, even if they get the official characters like Zac Snyder. Even the recent theatrical reboot of Power Rangers tried to be more “down to Earth” or whatever. Heck, the Boom! Studios Power Rangers comic I talked about this morning that’s crossing over with the IDW Ninja Turtles is less of a kids productions than the show was.
However, it does look like it could be good and interesting. Frank, Bosch, and Bat In The Sun co-director Aaron Schoenke all seem excited. As of this writing they’re up to just over $110,000 of their 500,000 goal and one of their stretch goals is having a giant robot fight. I also like the White Dragon costume. If this is something you want to see happen here’s a link to the Kickstarter. I may watch it if the opportunity arises just out of curiosity but it’s not something I’m seriously gung-ho for these days. I’m kind of over the darker stuff lately. Or is that the balance Bosch’s character was talking about, having a good balance of lighter and darker stories?