In an upcoming film adaptation by Erik Matti of perhaps the country's most iconic superhero Darna Star Cinema's pick to play the newest incarnation of Darna emerged to be Liza Soberano.
Darna was created by graphic novelist and writer Mars Ravelo in the 1950s. In the original story, Darna is a warrior from a planet name Marte who manifests herself in a village girl from Earth named Narda. In order to transform from a simple villager into heroine and defend humans from evil forces, Narda swallows a tiny piece of meteorite and shouts "Darna!" a scene which has been embedded in local culture.
The fictional character was portrayed by several actresses both on big screen and television such as Rosa del Rosario in 1951 the first ever Darna film, Liza Moreno in 1960s "Si Darna at ang Impakta" and "Isputnik vs Darna". Eva Montes in 1965 portrayed as Darna in " Darna at ang Babaeng Tuod", Gina Pareño in 1969's "Darna at ang Planetman", the Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos donned the iconic costume in 1973's " Lipad Darna Lipad", Lorna Tolentino starred in RPN-9 television adaptation of the Darna, Rio Locsin in 1979's "Bira! Darna Bira!", the megastar Sharon Cuneta in 1986 for a cameo appearance in the Captain Barbell of Edu Manzano, Nanette Medved in the 1991 Darna movie, Anjanette Abayari in 1994 Darna: The Return, Regine Velasquez appears in 2003's Captain Barbell of Bong Revilla an entry to the 29th Metro Manila Film Festival, Angel Locsin in 2005 Darna for GMA-7 and Marian Rivera in 2009's primetime.
The elusive role that was given to the young actress Liza Soberano gather mixed reaction to the viewing public. Even though she had not received the total approval to the iconic superhero Darna fans nonetheless she was welcome by the previous actresses who portray the role. Liza Soberano received advice from a former Darna actress Nanette Medved. According to Nenette, she must value her Darna experience and cherished every moment because it is such a unique experience. Nanette shared that during her Darna stint she practiced action stunts and and went to extreme martial arts training.
She added that she even went to a camp of stuntmen and learned how to do all the stunts because she was doing all the stunts no double during her time. It was a wonderful experience for her. She shared that it is a great privilege to take role of Darna. Marian Rivera who was the last actress to portray Darna on screen, sees that Liza would be perfect for the role of Darna in its upcoming film adaptation. She even wished Liza Soberano Good luck for the upcoming film. Sharon Cuneta the Megastar gives her support to Liza Soberano to be the new generation darna. It not a secret that Sharon is fan of Liza Soberano she even took a photo of the young actress when they bump each other. She even shared that Liza was her super duper favorite young actress, even her daughter s Miel and Frankie like he. Angel Locsin who was supposed to be the actress chosen to played the role of the Darna, later gave up the role due to health problem, give her full support to Liza Soberano.
She graciously welcomed Liza Soberano into her new role. She gave Liza her prized possessions of 3 Darna comic books that were also given to her when she was asked to play the superhero. She shared that the comic books are very special to her. Those were given to her way back when she was asked to play the role Darna for her to get to know the superheroine better. And for 10 years, she kept it. Now that we have a new Darna, she asked Malou Santos to give the books to Liza as her gift, hoping that they can help Liza just a they helped her. She added that just like the stone of Darna, she is hoping that Liza will pass the books on her next successor someday. She wished Liza the best of luck and she know Liza will do great.
The director of the upcoming movie adaptation Darna, derictor Erick Matti was all praises for the actress Liza Soberano. He thinks that Liza is a very determined girl and thinks she will really do great as Darna. He said that she has the strength physically, the face and the body. And then the age also just fit for the role. He said they can make a lot of things to her face. She can depect a lot of looks and still look really good. At the same time also she is a beautiful Filipino wih Asian beauty because it would be difficult to have a mestiza played the role.
Also the family of the Pinoy Komiks legend Mars Ravelo, the creator of Darna could not be happier that Liza was chosen to continue the legacy of the superheroine. Rex Ravelo, son of the Komiks legend gave a token to the Kapamilya actress. It is a frame containing the first four pages of the original Darna comic. It bares a handwritten message "Marami-rami na ring kamay ang dinaanan ng mahiwagang bato... At sa tagal ng paghahanap ikaw ang mapalad na napili para magpatuloy ng galing at tapang ni Darna. Maraming salamat sa pagtanggap" [Many hands already received the magical stone. After for a long search you are the chosen one to continue goodness and bravery of Darna. Thank you very much for accepting.]
Liza Soberano was ask about the overwhelming support of the people around her especially the previous actresses who portray the role Darna, she said that she was just pretty blessed to have approval from them. She even thank them for that and glad they saw potential in her. She also hope that she'll be able to surpass their expectations. She was also nervous for the project but vowed to do her best. She is worried about the expectations of the Darna fans and vowed to give more than hundred percent to the project.
She is also honored to wear the iconic costume and embody what Darna represents. She also feels that it would help her career grow and hopes that she will learn more along the way. As for the preparations for the film she under go stunt training because she wants to do the stunts if not too life threatening. She also undergo intensive physical training and dance work shop to more graceful doing the some stints. She attends acting and dialogue workshop. She train at least four times a week. Asked about the shooting, she shared that shooting probably start November or December but she is already prepared if it will be earlier
When asked about the costume, Liza Soberano had no idea about the costume if its sexy or will fit to her wholesome image but won't back down to a sexy superhero outfit. Liza's only condition is for her to give ample time to prepare herslef to show some skin. Asked if she is willing to a two-piece outfit. She said it just okey as long as she is prepared. But in a separate interview, Rex Ravelo the son of the Darna creator said that people should expect the slightly covered up Filipino superhero as she flies. According to him the more covered compared to the ones before because the new definition of sexy is slightly covered one.
Through the years Darna's outfit has evolved with trends dictating her overall look. The superhero wore in the 50's and 60's a boy shorts, in the 70's and 80's high cuts, in the 90's a tanga botttoms and hipster bottoms since 2000s. Despite the changes, three elements were always found in Darna's costume: the two Star on the bra top to depict the Philippine flag; the winged headpiece which symbolizes Ravelo's dream of becoming a pilot; and the loincloth which shows her conservative side. But to asked of Liza's preference for the costume, she chooses to have a conservative outfit because she's a conservative person, she don't like showing much skin but she said that she don't have a say on it, it is just she preferred to be covered. But she is not closing options if the outfit would be daring, she thinks that it's part of the challenge to overcome her comfort zone and don't just stay inside the box. She added that to jump out of the box is something that she haven't tried before and she think that it's a great opportunity for her to learn and be more comfortable with her body and skin if she would wear the iconic costume.
As to her co stars in the upcoming move, she remains lip-tied about it. On ther hand, Liza clarifies that it's not the end of the LizQuen loveteam because they are doing separate projects. According to the young actress, since they can not be together and just give ln different projects does not mean they were separated already. They wanna grow as actors and both given different opportunities for that. And if they are given that opportunity, they must take that chance.