Darna (2009 TV series)
|Mars Ravelo's Darna|
|Created by||Mars Ravelo|
|Developed by||Jun Lana|
|Written by||Denoy Navarro Punio
|Directed by||Dominic Zapata
Don Michael Perez
|Creative director(s)||Jun Lana|
Mark Anthony Fernandez
sung by Kamikazee
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, Tagalog, English|
|No. of seasons||2 seasons|
|No. of episodes||140 episodes (Final) , 73 (International)|
|Executive producer(s)||Edlyn Tallada-Abuel|
|Producer(s)||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Original channel||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original run||August 10, 2009 – February 19, 2010|
Darna is a Philippine drama/fantasy series adapted from Mars Ravelo's fictional superheroine of the same name; directed by Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez and developed by Jun Lana. It is the third series based on the Darna graphic novels by Mars Ravelo. It stars Marian Rivera as the title role and her alter-ego Narda, with Iwa Moto as her main nemesis Valentina, also starring Dennis Trillo as Pancho and Mark Anthony Fernandez as Eduardo.
The series had premiered on August 10, 2009 on GMA Network and ended on February 19, 2010, and also featured the return of the other four villains originally created by Ravelo himself. The first season consists of 70 episodes, as well as the second season, with 140 episodes all in all.
Filipino comics legend Mars Ravelo created the Asia's first superheroine in 1947 named Varga. She first appeared in Bulaklak Magazine on July 23, 1947 and quickly became popular amongst its readers. Ravelo wrote and illustrated the stories. As a human, Varga was known as the little girl named "Narda" which Ravelo based on the name of his boy playmate. In her superhuman form, she fought against common criminals, as well as greater forces of evil. And just like any other superhero, Varga stood up for those who could not fend for themselves.
Having differences with the editors of Bulaklak Magazine in 1949, Ravelo decided to take his creation elsewhere. Unfortunately, the superheroine's name, "Varga" belonged to Bulaklak Magazine. His creation's name was changed to "Darna".
Mars Ravelo re-launched his creation in Pilipino Komiks on May 13, 1950 as Darna - the mighty warrior from the planet Marte. Both Varga and Darna are, in essence, the same character except for their superheroine names. To revamp his creation, Ravelo assigned newcomer then, Nestor Redondo to illustrate the new comic. Darna's fame quickly grew starting with Filipino comics readers, but she did not become a household name until the following year.
On May 31, 1951 Filipinos witnessed the first movie adaptation of the superheroine, in Fernando Poe Senior's Royal Films Production -- "DARNA" starring Manila's golden age movie queen Rosa del Rosario as Darna and Cristina Aragon as Valentina, while Mila Nimfa portrayed Narda. The movie was a huge box office success.
From then on, numerous hit movies and TV shows were made and only portrayed by the Philippines' biggest stars. Endless versions of Darna were also serialized in different comic books.
Darna's powers include flight, super strength, super speed and near-invulnerability due to her psionic abilities. She uses telekinesis to enhance all of her abilities. Her invulnerability is due to her alien origin. Due to her psionic powers, she also has limited telepathy. She transforms into her hero form by shouting... "Darna!" and back to her human form by shouting her name... "Narda!"
The winged medallion on her helmet contains a precious red stone (just like ruby) that enhances her psionic abilities. It also allows her to fire a psionic blast and fire lasers from her eyes. The medallions on her belt can be thrown like shuriken. Sometimes she uses her bracelets to deflect bullets.
- Darna (May 31, 1951)
- Darna at ang Babaing Lawin (Darna and the Hawkwoman) - August 15, 1952
- Si Darna at ang Impakta (Darna and the Evil Twins) - June 27, 1963
- Isputnik vs. Darna - August 12, 1963
- Darna at ang Babaing Tuod (Darna and the Tree Monster) - April 14, 1965
- Darna at ang Planetman (Darna and the Planetman) - January 18, 1969
- Lipad, Darna, Lipad! (Fly, Darna, Fly!) - March 23, 1973
- Darna and the Giants - December 22, 1973
- Darna vs The Planet Women - December 22, 1973
- Darna Kuno? (A parody of Darna) - March 30, 1979
- Bira, Darna, Bira! (Go, Darna, Go!) - June 15, 1979
- Darna and Ding - February 8, 1980
- Darna - December 25, 1991
- Darna Ang Pagbabalik (Darna The Return) - June 9, 1994
In 2005, GMA Network brings back the superheroine in the boobtube with Angel Locsin as the lead role which made her a big star (See Darna 2005 series). The network confirms that the rights of Darna is still theirs along with Captain Barbell and Dyesebel.
January 2008, it was announced that GMA Network decided to make another version of the show but this time, it will be along with Captain Barbell. But due to schedule conflicts of Richard Gutierrez, everything was shelved. Angel Locsin, the first TV Darna, has transferred to ABS-CBN, the rival station of GMA Network in 2007.
Late 2008, GMA Network, along with the Ravelo's copyright holders of the character, has unanimously chosen Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as Darna/Narda. It was said by Wilma Galvante, the SVP for Entertainment TV, in an interview that the new Darna should be a real star because it is a prime role. The Ravelo's said in an interview that Marian Rivera is the sexiest and most beautiful actress to play Darna.
Mark Herras was considered for the lead male role of Eduardo, but Mark Anthony Fernandez won the part.
Darna tells the story of Narda (Marian Rivera), an attractive young woman who grows up in an orphanage and lives a happy, quiet and simple life until she becomes the heiress of a stone that gives her super powers.
Narda eventually meets her childhood sweetheart Eduardo (Mark Anthony Fernandez) at the same orphanage. Hopes of nurturing romantic relationship between the two went kaput after Narda's friend, Valentina, fell for Eduardo.
Narda then learns that she is the anointed one chosen to save the world from evil forces. Nursing a broken heart, Narda declines because she believes that a simple and crippled woman like her cannot take such a huge responsibility.
Cast of Characters
- Marian Rivera as Narda / Darna (Season 1 & 2)
- Dennis Trillo as Pancho (Season 1 & 2)
- Mark Anthony Fernandez as Eduardo / Black Rider (Season 1 & 2)
- Iwa Moto as Valentina / Babaeng Ahas (Season 1 & 2)
- Nadine Samonte as Roma / Babaeng Impakta (Regular season 1, guest star season 2)
- Ehra Madrigal as Armida / Babaeng Lawin (Season 1 only)
- Francine Prieto as Lucifera / Babaeng Tuod (Season 1 only)
- Maggie Wilson as Lutgarda / Babaeng Linta (Season 1 only)
- Rochelle Pangilinan as Deborah Santos / Babaeng Mananangggal (Season 2 only)
- Jackie Rice as Helga / Babaeng Demonyita (Season 2 only)
- Akihiro Sato as Vladimir / Lalaking Bampira (Season 2 only)
- Maureen Larrazabal as Dina Arcilla / Babaeng Bampira (Season 2 minor villain)
- Katrina Halili as Serpina / Babaeng Anakonda (Season 2 only)
- Paolo Contis played to characters which are:
- Kobra / Hari ng mga Ahas (Season 1)
- Zandro / Lalaking Ahas (Season 1 and 2)
- Regine Velasquez as Elektra the Planet Woman (Season 2 only)
- Angel Aquino as Tagapangalaga ng Bato ("The Keeper of the Stone")/The Original Darna (Season 1 & 2)
- Roxanne Barcelo as Aleli (Season 1 & 2)
- Robert Villar as Carding "Ding" Santos (Season 1 & 2)
- Rufa Mae Quinto as Francesca (Regular season 1, recurring season 2)
- Raymart Santiago as Crisanto (Season 1 & 2)
- Alfred Vargas as Gabriel (Regular season 1, recurring season 2)
- Caridad Sanchez as Loleng
- Celia Rodriguez as Perfecta
- Mike "Pekto" Narcisa as Jerry
- John Feir as Tomas
- Eddie Garcia as Padre Mateo
- Ricky Davao as Dr. Morgan
- Gabby Eigenmann as Apollo
- Bearwin Meily as Watson
- Renz Valerio as Young Eduardo
- Jestoni Alarcon as Simon
- Rita Avila as Alicia
- Angeli Nicole Sanoy as Young Narda
- John Apacible as Nestor
- Janice de Belen as Aling Consuelo
- Sweet Ramos as Young Valentina
- Polo Ravales as Shiro
- Krissa Mae Arrieta as Liberty
- Allan "Mura" Padua as Impy
- Sabrina Man as Young Serpina
Darna opened with rave reviews, writer Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer described the pilot episode as "loud and livid". Torre continues to mention "...two performances stand out because they’re 'different'. The first is Janice de Belen’s portrayal of Consuelo, the mother of Valentina. De Belen’s characterization is outstanding, because it’s deeply felt, while not being over-the-top..." and "the other interesting performance thus far is turned in by Iwa Moto as Valentina. With some help from creative scripting, her character is more tragic and conflicted than past versions of the story had it".
Jun Lana's script was also praised by Torre for creating "Valentina’s terrible secret initially pains her rather than turns her into a vengeful monster, and the ostracism she suffers adds enormously to her loneliness and grief, which are alleviated only by her only friend, Narda. Of course, the ironic twist to all this is that Narda will eventually morph into superheroine Darna, with whom Valentina must fight to the death." Lana told Manila Bulletin that this version of Darna will be "totally different" especially with the characters, he mentions "what if Narda doesn't want to become Darna?" - a subject never touched upon in other versions of the graphic novel.
- List of Philippine television shows
- List of programs broadcast by GMA Network
- Darna (2005 TV series)
- Marian Rivera excited over first taping day of Darna pep.ph
- First Read on PEP: Marian Rivera is the new Darna! pep.ph
- Marian Rivera, the new DARNA marsravelodarna.com
- Picture of Angel Aquino as "Original Darna" on the Darna Blog
- Loud, livid welcome for ‘Darna’s’ return inquirer.net
- Psychic predicts more success coming Marian Rivera’s way mb.com.ph