Under the direction of Erik Matti, Liza Soberano’s “Darna” was to don a “utilitarian, warrior-like” costume, but that’s no longer certain following the filmmaker’s exit from the project -- at least to fans of the actress.
A day after the announcement of Matti’s resignation, Jerrold Tarog, the director behind the acclaimed historical biopics “Heneral Luna” and “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,” was introduced to be taking the helm.
It did not take long before Tarog was flooded with congratulatory messages on Twitter, including from fans of Soberano.
Some, concerned that the planned costume would be changed back to a “bikini,” as in past incarnations of Darna, asked Tarog to retain the warrior image that had been teased by Matti.
One, in particular, tweeted Tarog: “Direk, gandahan po niyo, ‘wag ‘yung chippy-chippy (cheap) lang, ha. Tagal namin hinintay ‘yan, e.
“At please ‘wag padadala sa dikta ng ‘di nakakatulong sa project. At ‘yung custume po wag naman bikini. Millennial na po tayo. Like Wonder Woman, nag-iba na rin costume; sexy pero ‘di bastusin. Praying for you po.”
Responding to the fan’s concerns, Tarog tweeted: “Will do my best. ‘Yung costume let's see kung ano’ng requirements ng may ari ng intellectual property. Also, masarap ang Chippy although mas Tortillos akong tao.”
The producer of the “Darna” film, Star Cinema, is a film company under ABS-CBN. The Kapamilya network acquired the rights to Darna, alongside 12 other Mars Ravelo komiks characters, in 2013.
Tarog also shared, in another tweet responding to a “Darna” inquiry, that he was currently reading scripts — “yes, plural” — and that he was still studying the best execution.