Can Liza Soberano be the next Darna?
Growing talk around ABS-CBN is that Liza, one of the most beauteous faces in the Kapamilya stable, will be the latest anointed Darna, in a movie to be directed by Erik Matti.
Liza's manager, Ogie Diaz, confirmed last March 26 that his ward was one of the actresses being considered to bring life anew to the Mars Ravelo superheroine.
“Isa siya sa mga choices,” Ogie said in that interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
And should the role be offered to Liza, Ogie said the actress would definitely accept.
“Itong Darna, superhero, maraming may gusto na gumanap pa ring Darna.
“Imagine-in mo yung history ng mga gumanap na Darna, like si Ate Vi [Vilma Santos], so kung si Liza ang mapipili for the role, siyempre tatangapin namin yun.”
The most famous Pinay superheroine has been played on the big screen over the past five decades by some of the country's most famous actresses.
The very first Darna was Rosa del Rosario, who was seen on the big screen in 1953, followed by, in this order, Liza Moreno, Eva Montes, Gina Pareño, Vilma Santos, Rio Locsin, Anjanette Abayari, and Nanette Medved.
On television, which became the medium of choice for the most well-known Ravelo female hero, Darna has been played by Lorna Tolentino, Angel Locsin, and Marian Rivera.
The much-anticipated new Darna movie, to be co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, was offered to Angel Locsin in 2013.
Due to a spine problem, however, Angel formally announced in 2015 that she could no longer do the role.
Then in September 2016, Star Cinema managing director Malou Santos announced that Angel was still the star the company wanted for Darna.
In preparation for the role, Angel underwent surgery and rehab, and began regular gym training.
But on March 20, ABS-CBN, Star Cinema's mother company, issued a formal statement that the network and Angel had "mutually arrived at a final decision that she will no longer pursue the Darna movie due to her medical condition."
Since then, showbiz became rife with Darna rumors. Names bruited about as the next possible Darna have included Jessy Mendiola, Nadine Lustre, and Pia Wurtzbach. One other name was Liza Soberano.