Since she portrayed the iconic superheroine in the past, Sharon Cuneta was asked about her opinion about the next Darna.
During a visit on the set of The Voice Teens last March 24, the Megastar was asked who among the female Kapamilya stars deserves to play the role of the komiks character.
She quipped, “Wala namang maitapon. Ako na lang!”
Sharon once portrayed Darna in a cameo role for Viva Films's 1986 movie Captain Barbel.
“I think Darna is such a strong, strong brand,” Sharon told entertainment reporters.
“It's such a wonderful franchise at saka may sentimental value sa ating mga Pilipino.
“Kung may Wonder Woman sila, iba ang Darna natin, bato lang okay na tayo.
“Meron pang umaangkas na si Ding. Pero kung binata na si Ding, palitan na natin ng bata, ang sagwa nang tingnan.”
To whoever will be chosen to become the new Darna, Sharon stressed the need to be physically fit.
She pointed out, “My tip lang, you know, it's a very physically demanding kaya, I have to admit it, hindi ko ginawa 'yong full-length.
“That's why when I played Darna in Captain Barbel, it was introducing me as Darna.
“Then, I was going to shoot the full length feature.
“But that was in the 1980s, when we did not have the magical wires now, which makes it easy for the actors para lumipad.”
Sharon recalled, “Noong araw, minsan bakal lang na mahaba, bitin, tapos dadapa ka. Masi-stiff neck ka, lahat ng body pains.
“So, sabi ko, 'Ganun din naman po ang bayad sa akin, pwede ho mag-drama na lang ako. Kahit limang balde, iiiyak ko, huwag lang ho ako tumuntong diyan.'
“Kasi parang feeling ko, someone more physically fit is more bagay to this. Pero gustung-gusto ko yung nag-a-action kasama ang action stars.
“Magaling kami noon, old school kami. Ngayon, ang dami-dami ng magic. Wala kaming computers noong araw.”
ANGEL DID A WONDERFUL JOB. Sharon believes Angel did a good job as Darna in the past.
“Angel did a wonderful job. Up to now, she's beautiful and perfect for Darna, talagang magaling siyang kumilos sa action.
“Alam mo 'yong tough pero feminine? 'Tapos, siyempre, she's curvy. I mean, it goes without saying na she's beautiful,” The Voice coach said about the GMA-7-turned-ABS-CBN actress.
Unfortunately, due to health reasons, Angel could no longer make a comeback as Darna in the supposed movie franchise of Star Cinema.
Despite this development, Sharon think it's okay because she believes that, “Darna is meant to be passed on to another of the new generation. It's been like that.
“Parang it's a legacy, e. Parang it's a Filipino thing na pinamamana talaga.
“Hanggang wala na kami rito, magkakaroon at magkakaroon pa rin ng Darna.”
Sharon described this moment as “bittersweet.”
“I'm sure Angel also feels the same way,” she said with a smile.
“It gave her also so much push in terms of sa career niya, mas mabilis siyang umangat. Alam mong aangat siya pero mas mabilis lang.
“'Tapos alam kong alam niya na 'yong magmamana nun, it's also a responsibility.”
She reiterated, “Pinamamana siyang sadya. I'm happy that she did. Sad that she's no longer doing it. But again, I'm happy for the next person.”
For the young actress who will be chosen to be the next Pinay superheroine, Sharon Cuneta gave this message: “Panindigan mo si Darna, huwag kang umarte sa shooting. Mahiya ka naman kay Darna.”