Leslie Moonves

He believed in 'Power Rangers' when nobody else did, and it turned him into a billionaire

He believed in 'Power Rangers' when nobody else did, and it turned him into a billionaire

Hollywood didn’t believe in the power of teenage superheroes in spandex suits.

But Haim Saban would not give up.

The cartoon-music man spent eight years peddling his “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” a remake of a Japanese action show about ordinary teenagers who take on supernatural strength to battle bizarre creatures from space. “Every selling season, I would go out and offer it to the networks — and would get kicked out of the room,” Saban said of his 1980s slog. “They told me how crazy I was.”

Despite howls that the live-action show looked cheap, contained too much violence and had ridiculous plots (a ravenous pig from Mars flies to Earth to devour the food), Fox...

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