Darna, Captain Barbell up next for reveal


Posted at Jan 12 2014 01:06 AM | Updated as of Jan 12 2014 09:08 AM

MANILA -- After the high-profile unveiling of Anne Curtis as "Dyesebel" in ABS-CBN's TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo creation, two more iconic "Komiks" characters have been announced to be next in line for a modern take helmed by the network.

In a new trailer for "Dyesebel" released Saturday, Darna and Captain Barbell are revealed to be the first three, along with the mermaid character, to star in a new adaptation among the Ravelo creations now licensed by ABS-CBN.

The deal, which was formalized in April last year, grants the Kapamilya network rights to 13 titles or characters created by the late novelist. ABS-CBN has yet detail, however, which 10 other Ravelo properties are included in the contract.

Aside from the three most popular characters from the pages of "Komiks," Ravelo is also behind the superheroes Lastikman, Dragonna, Flash Bomba, Tiny Tony, Trudis Liit, Kapitan Boom, and Jack and Jill, among others.

Since her 1947 comicbook debut, Darna has been played by over 15 different actresses in TV and films, with Vilma Santos' 1970s portrayal considered to be the most iconic take.

In October, Star Cinema managing director Malou Santos said Angel Locsin, who played Darna in a 2005 TV series, is set to portray the heroine anew in an upcoming movie produced by the ABS-CBN film outfit.

No further details have been announced since.

The most recent TV incarnation of Darna is actress Marian Rivera, who starred in a 2009 series by GMA-7. The same network also produced the 2011 series starring Richard Gutierrez as Captain Barbell, the most recent take on the character.