The winged space dog in a suit of armor is gone. For the action-movie reboot, Goldar has been remodeled into an ooey, gooey mess of evil.
This Goldar is no bumbling fool. In the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) builds a new version of her most valuable player, turning him into a monstrous, molten machine that, even better, never talks back the way he did on the small screen:
After all, he no longer has a face. Director Dean Israelite wanted a kaiju-like beast that would be a physical manifestation of Rita’s evil instead of a villain with a personality. “Dean and I talked about him being faceless and intimidating and characterless,” production designer Andrew Menzies says. “He’s an extension of Rita that’s unstoppable.”
Menzies modeled Goldar after a chocolate fountain, with a melting form that never settles into a single shape. “I think as humans we always search for character in a face, and if it’s always shifting and changing, it becomes scary,” he says. “If it moved like chocolate and kept flowing, you could never put your finger on it.”
To avoid making Goldar look too edible, though, Menzies and Israelite also studied the mesmerizing movement of ferrofluid, or magnetized liquid, which mimics the way real, malleable gold swells and perforates. “There’s something very beautiful about him,” Israelite explains. “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.” And he’s delicious when spread on a piece of toast.
Power Rangers morphs into theaters March 24.