Ask anyone about Darna, and we're pretty sure they'd know the iconic superheroine. She's easily the one of the most celebrated superhero characters in the country, with no less than 10 portrayals in the past, be it on TV or film.
And with Jane De Leon taking off as the newest Darna very soon, it's high time we put the spotlight on all the actresses who once portrayed the Mars Ravelo character through the years, alongside the notable directors who helmed their projects:
Rosa Del Rosario
Starred in "Darna" (1951) and "Darna at Ang Babaeng Lawin" (1952)
Directed by Fernando Poe Sr. and Carlos Vander Tolosa
The first-ever Darna is none other than “The Original Movie Queen” herself, Rosa del Rosario. She played as Darna in two Darna films: the first was produced by Fernando Poe Sr. (1951), and the second under the helm of Carlos Vander Tolosa (1952).
Starred in "Si Darna at ang Impakta" (1963) and "Isputnik vs. Darna" (1964)
Directed by Danilo Santiago and Natoy B. Catindig
Like Rosa, Liza Moreno played as Darna in two different "Darna" films. The first was in Danilo Santiago's "Si Darna at ang Impakta" in 1963, and the second in Natoy B. Catindig's "Isputnik vs. Darna," where she played opposite Nida Blanca as Isputnik.
Starred in "Darna at ang Babaeng Tuod" (1965)
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago
A year after Liza's portrayal as Darna, Eva Montes took on the role in the first "Darna" movie in full color, the 1965 film "Darna at ang Babaeng Tuod."
Starred in "Darna at ang Planetman" (1969)
Directed by Marcelino Navarro
Gina Pareño's portrayal as Darna in "Darna at ang Planetman" broke the iconic red bikini costume, as she donned a blue bikini with red stars in it for her role.
Starred in "Darna! The TV Series" (1977)
Directed by Kitchie Benedicto
Darna finally made its way to local television in 1977, which was brought to life by Lorna Tolentino. She was 14 years old at that time, and sported the iconic red costume in a one piece suit, instead of the usual bikini.
Starred in "Darna at Ding" (1980)
Directed by J. Erastheo Navoa, Cloyd Robinson
The Star For All Seasons actually played as Darna four times in 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1980, but her last portrayal in the 1980 film "Darna at Ding" was deemed "the biggest, the boldest, and the best of the Darna series."
The catchphrase "Ding, ang bato!" was also made popular by Vilma, who portrayed both Darna and Narda for the first time.
Starred in "Bira, Darna, Bira!" (1979)
Directed by Tito Sanchez
Rio Locsin played as Darna in the 1979 movie "Bira, Darna, Bira!" where a new accessory was introduced to her costume: an embellished choker.
Starred in "Darna" (1991)
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Nanette Medved made the Darna comeback an iconic one, after she played the role in the 1991 film "Darna." What made her portrayal different was that she had the ability to deflect bullets with her bracelets.
Starred in "Darna! Ang Pagbabalik" (1994)
Directed by Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes
Anjanette Abayari's portrayal actually started when she was casted as Darna for an automobile commercial. She was then handpicked to star in a Darna movie titled "Darna! Ang Pagbabalik" in 1994, the last "Darna" film so far.
Starred in "Darna" TV series (2005)
Directed by Dominic Zapata, Eric Quizon
After not seeing the superheroine on screen for more than a decade, all eyes were on Angel Locsin when she bagged the role for the primetime series on GMA.
She even got to work with three former Darna actresses, namely Gina Pareño, Rio Locsin, and Lorna Tolentino.
Starred in "Darna" TV series (2009)
Directed by Dominic Zapata, Don Michael Perez
Four years later, GMA once again decided to revive the iconic superheroine on primetime, this time with Marian Rivera playing the character. She also had a love interest for the series, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Dennis Trillo.
"Darna: The TV Series" is set to start filming in November. It is helmed by Chito S. Rono and also stars Iza Calzado, Joshua Garcia, and Zaijian Jaranilla.
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