In the mid-1990s, Hollywood struggles to define a new urtext for superhero movies. (An urtext is “the earliest form of a text established by linguistic scholars as a basis for variants in later texts still in existence.” Or, in other words, a template — the way that The Odyssey is a template for subsequent epic poetry.)
To me, Superman still seems like a perfectly relevant template. It demonstrates how we can use mythic figures like superheroes to navigate anxieties, like grief or teen angst. But the mid-90s is essentially the teenage years of the superhero movie genre. The texts of this time consider the narrative patterns that came before, and reject them to establish their own identity.
And this is how Mighty Morphin Power Rangers functions: by basing its narrative and imagery on pre-existing texts, it’s able to rebel and establish a new team of teenage superheroes with attitude.
Our former head writer gets scholastic about the Power Rangers movie.