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Power Rangers suit up for first time in new photo

No more spandex

Unlike their '90s counterparts, the new Power Rangers won't be wearing tight spandex looking costumes in Lionsgate's upcoming movie.

In the first official photo of the crew in their iconic outfits, published by Entertainment Weekly, the spandex has been replaced with metallic-inspired armor that will morph around their bodies. Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) told the magazine that the decision to change the outfits was more than just an aesthetic one. He explained that the movie symbolizes a growth in the franchise and needed to reflect the spirt of the teens wearing the costumes.

Power Rangers Lionsgate

Production designer Andrew Menzies echoed Israelite's words, but added that in an era of superhero and genre blockbusters, it was growing increasingly difficult to find a way to create a unique look. He said that these suits are an "alien costume that grows on them," adding that none of the five costumes would be man-made.

Power Rangers, which stars Elizabeth Banks as the sorceress Rita Repulsa, is based on the original television series from the '90s. The film is slated to be released March 24, 2017.

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