ABS-CBN’s version of Darna became a source of Vice Ganda’s punchline in the episode of It’s Showtime today, July 31, 2021.
This happened during the “Reina ng Tahanan” segment where the TV host-comedian was interviewing contestant Claris Valladores.
Vice, co-host Kim Chiu, and Claris were talking about Claris’s upcoming wedding, where they were thinking about its theme.
Kim then suggested a Darna-themed wedding for Claris.
Vice reacted, “Ay kaya lang, kapag Darna…”
Kim butted in, “Naka-panty ka ‘pag kinasal!”
After seconding Kim’s punchline, Vice then added his own.
He said in jest, “Naka-panty ka kapag kinasal at saka parang every year, papalitan ka ‘tapos ang tagal matuloy!”
Kim burst into laughter and called out her co-host.
Vice was talking about ABS-CBN’s film version of Darna which has been postponed since it was announced in 2013.
It will now be turned into a TV series in 2021 with Jane de Leon in the lead.
Vice continued, “Bakit naging ganun yung Darna, ang tagal matuloy?
“Bad trip, sinabi sa ‘yo ng asawa mo, ‘Ang theme natin, Darna.’ ‘Ah, talaga? Kailan? ‘Ah, hindi pa sure. Darna ‘yan, e.’
“Basta sasabihin lagi ‘tapos di matutuloy!”
Claris, the contestant, then joked, “Magpapapayat po muna ako para Angel Locsin, seksing Darna.”
Angel Locsin, who played Darna in GMA-7’s TV version in 2005, was the first choice in ABS-CBN’s movie version.
However, she had to be pulled out of the project due to her slipped disc injury.
Host Vhong Navarro joked, “Paano iyon? Ang singsing non, lulunukin,” referring to the magical stone that transforms the mortal Narda into the superheroine Darna.
Vice answered, “Hindi na isusuot, sasabihin mo, ‘Ding, ang bato! ‘Tas [isusubo] sa ‘yo yung singsing, kaya hindi na naman natuloy kasi natigok!”
THE EIGHT-YEAR JOURNEY OF DARNA
It was in 2013 when Star Cinema, a film outfit under ABS-CBN Film Productions, announced that it will do a film adaptation of the iconic comic series Darna. Angel Locsin was chosen as the lead.
However, Angel had to drop out of the project in 2015 and later, in 2017 because of her slipped disc injury. Liza Soberano was chosen as her replacement.
In 2019, Liza decided not to push through with the project after she suffered a finger injury on the set of her prime-time series Bagani.
Auditions were then held for the new Darna. It was later revealed that Jane de Leon, a Star Magic talent, was chosen to play the lead role.
Shootings have already commenced in early 2020 but production was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
JANE DE LEON’S DARNA: FROM A POSTPONED MOVIE TO A TV SERIES
On August 17, 2020, PEP.ph reported that the Darna movie had been shelved.
According to information received by PEP.ph from another reliable showbiz insider, the cancellation was a “business decision” of Star Cinema, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Films, the network’s film arm.
The same insider revealed that ABS-CBN had offered the rights to film Darna as a TV series to other networks, particularly TV5 and GMA-7.
ABS-CBN said in a statement on August 21 that Star Cinema has decided to postpone the filming of Darna.
The statement also mentioned that “complex logistics, crowd shots, and fight scenes that involve physical contact” will be hard to mount while complying with the restrictions set due to COVID-19.
However, the Kapamilya network has retained the rights to Darna.
On August 18, 2020, Jane’s co-manager, Tyrone James Escalante, first revealed that ABS-CBN plans to do a series version of Darna.
He told PEP Troika, "May plano na gawing TV series ang Darna sa Kapamilya Channel, pero nothing concrete pa rin po tungkol dito."
On November 26, 2020, PEP.ph reported, with confirmation from an ABS-CBN insider, that Darna will be turned into a TV series.
A movie version is said to be pushing through after the airing of the series.
The series was formally announced on December 4, 2020, the day Jane signed her exclusive contract with ABS-CBN and Star Magic.
Darna: The TV Series is also included in ABS-CBN's lineup of programs for 2021.
Jane, who currently appears in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, is bound to make her exit from the show.
It is because, in September 2021, Jane is set to start her taping for the Darna series.
According to PEP Troika, ABS-CBN has yet to announce who will direct the TV series.