Over the years, more and more aspects of popular culture have become inclusive toward people in various groups, including those with autism. The Power Rangers movie, which premiered on March 24, 2017, is one that could have an important effect on autism acceptance within the broader community.
In the reboot of the hit 1993 children’s show, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Billy Cranston, AKA the Blue Ranger, played by RJ Cyler, was scripted to be on the autism spectrum. Portraying this character with a largely misunderstood disorder was a responsibility Cyler took very seriously. He admitted he didn’t know a lot about autism before taking on the role, but in an interview with Screen Rant, he said, “I actually sat down and shut my mouth and actually just listened and you know, accepted every bit of information with no judgement. I knew that it was my job to show, you know, that people that are on the spectrum are just regular people…”
And according to a review by Kerry Magro, a man who has autism himself, the disorder was, overall, portrayed well through Billy’s character.
Check out the official trailer for Power Rangers below!
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.