Liza will appear as Darna in more than one movie

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2017 06:03 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2017 05:46 PM

She is set to debut as "Darna" in a stand-alone movie.

And director Erik Matti has revealed in a report published Wednesday that the planned Star Cinema film will not be Liza Soberano's only appearance as the iconic Pinay superheroine.

Speaking with Push, Matti explained the "unanimous" decision to have the "Dolce Amore" star succeed Angel Locsin, who had to back out because of a spine injury.

"She’s fresh, she's young, she could grow into the role," he said, before adding that this could be Soberano's chance to "break out" of the "young teeny actress" stereotype.

"She's slowly going to graduate into becoming a serious actor," Matti reasoned. "And I think parang tama lang ito for her. Remember it is going to be a franchise, she is not just going to come out in one."

In 2013, ABS-CBN acquired the rights to the iconic characters created by Filipino komiks legend Mars Ravelo. It included Darna, Dyesebel, and Captain Barbel.

Soberano was first announced as Darna back in May.

Locsin, who was initially cast to reprise the superhero role she first portrayed in 2005 before an injury forced her out, has already given her approval of Star Cinema's decision to go with Soberano.

"Bukod sa napakagandang mukha, magaling na aktres, mabuting tao, mahal niya iyong trabaho niya, at grabe rin iyong charisma niya -- napakaimportante iyon," she said of Soberano. "I think panahon na para i-welcome natin ang bagong Darna."

Soberano is currently undergoing training for the role.

A release date for the "Darna" film has yet to be released.