The fascination with a double life consistently fascinates cinema audiences, with some of the most thrilling narratives examining what it must be like to live a life that no one knows you’re actually living…
To celebrate the release of Power Rangers on March 24, we take a look at some of the best films that have put hidden identities at the heart of their iconic characters.
Based on the beloved DC Comics character Superman, the charming superhero returned to the big screens in 2006. When Clark Kent isn’t saving the world as Superman, he is the strangely average journalist at the Daily Planet. However, determined to use his supernatural abilities for the benefit of humanity, Kent quickly and inconspicuously transforms into the Man of Steel himself, as soon as trouble begins to unfold.
Believe it or not, before he became a disciple of the dark side, Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker, a goodhearted Jedi and hero of the Clone Wars. Now, Darth Vader has grown into his dual-persona to become one of the most iconic villains with a hidden identity in popular culture. He’s also been listed among the greatest villains and fictional characters EVER. How does this guy keep himself so well hidden when he used to be so good? A cold heart, jealousy and badass evilness is our best guess.
There are secret identities, and then there are secret identities—the kind so secret that they remain unknown, even to the people bearing the identities. As a computer programmer and amateur hacker, Keanu Reeves’ character in The Matrix epitomized the white-collar lifestyle through and through. One harmless red pill later though, and the formerly mild-mannered Mr. Anderson is off saving the world with bullet time-powered Kung Fu. Talk about going from zero to hero!
This dashing black-clad masked outlaw not only defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains, but he also does it in such a discreet way that his identity remains hidden. Not only is he too cunning and fox-like for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he also delights in publicly humiliating them and getting away with it!
The Power Rangers have been continuously reinvented for young generations over the years, making their true identities even harder to spot! Assisted by Zordon and Alpha 5, there’s no doubt this secret suited squad will absolutely own Rita Repulsa and her quest for world domination when the upcoming film hits cinemas March 24. Will the Rangers be able to “never reveal their superhero identities” like Zordon requests?
Power Rangers is released in cinemas on 24th March.