The Power Rangers are grown up in producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn’s new Bootleg Universe short film featuring Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek.

The Power Rangers we grew up with are no longer the mighty morphin high school ninjas we remember. Rocky the ex-Red Power Ranger has turned against the Power Rangers and is holding Kimberly the Pink Power Ranger hostage. Little does Kimberly know Rocky is using her as bait to catch Tommy Oliver the Green Power Ranger.


POWER/RANGERS from Joseph Kahn on Vimeo.


With the resent release of Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers deboot it reminded me of Kevin Tancharoen’s short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

The short film takes us to Deacon City 2010 where Capt. Jackson Briggs informs assassin Hanzo Hasashi about recent criminal activity by Reptile and Baraka. Reptile has been going around Deacon City ripping the heads off of his victims. Meanwhile Johnny Cage was killed by Baraka after catching up with him in the city. Hasashi learns his enemy Sub-Zero is still alive and he will be able to kill him once and for all at a tournament in Deacon City. But first Briggs wants Hasashi to kill criminals Reptile and Baraka.

Mortal Kombat Rebirth [HD] from Mortal Kombat on Vimeo.


After taking a look at a these awesome fan made films I really enjoy the concept of a fan expanding the universe from the TV program, Video Game, Graphic Novel, etc. Sometimes the large production films fall short of giving these characters the detailed background they deserve leaving much up to the imagination. Story lines with multiple strong characters like Power Rangers and Mortal Kombat deserve more attention. Short films give us Fans the chance to dive into the individual characters and build on their origin story or give the universe a complete spin as seen in the Power Ranger short. I hope fans keep getting inspired so we continue to see more detailed short films directed by the fans themselves.

Let me know what one was your favorite. 


Power Rangers
6 Vote
Mortal Kombat
11 Vote


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