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Power Rangers Film Team Talks Goldar Redesign

With reboots come redesigns, and the upcoming Power Rangers refresh is no exception. A modernized Rita Repulsa (played by a pitch-perfect Elizabeth Banks) had most fans cheering, but a new take on the super-villain Goldar had some sneering.

Two minds behind the new Power Rangers addressed the shift from recognizable winged monkey to the faceless, drippy antagonist viewers will see in the forthcoming movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, production designer Andrew Menzies and director Dean Israelite explained that the revamped Goldar was intended to be a physical manifestation rather than an actual villain. Israelite wanted a "kaiju-like beast that would be a physical manifestation of Rita's evil instead of a villain with a personality."

Menzies commented on the thought process behind the big change: "Dean and I talked about him being faceless and intimidating and characterless. He's an extension of Rita that's unstoppable."

He also mentioned that the new Goldar was modeled after a flowing chocolate fountain in order to bump up the creep factor in his movements and to maintain ambiguity. "I think as humans we always search for character in a face, and if it's always shifting and changing, it becomes scary," Menzies said. "If it moved like chocolate and kept flowing, you could never put your finger on it."

Israelite piggybacked Menzies statements to discuss Goldar's unique design: "All of the negative space that's constantly in Goldar's design feels very eerie, but on the other hand, he's a kinetic sculpture."

It seems the filmmakers are quite pleased with Goldar's redesign, with Israelite saying, "There's something very beautiful about him."

Power Rangers is set to release on March 24. Until then, read up on the disturbing facts about the original TV series before you see what else is new in the reboot flick.