Into the Darna-verse: 7 Creative Takes We Love From the #SigawDarna Traction
by Maria Romero, April 05, 2019 6:07pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
The iconic Filipina superheroine Darna was created by Mars Ravelo and Nestor Redondo in the 50s for Pilipino Komiks. Darna was a remake of Ravelo’s earlier character, Varga who first appeared in Bulaklak Magazine in 1947. The character evolved into a simple girl from Earth, who transforms to a mighty warrior from outer space with the help of a magic stone and the iconic tag, Darna—an anagram of her alter-ego.
Throughout the years, Darna’s character representation changed as she was portrayed by different actresses like Sharon Cuneta, Angel Locsin, and Marian Rivera. In 2018, talks on making yet another big screen revamp of the Pinay superhero starring Liza Soberano as the lead role created a buzz online.
But who’s the Darna of our generation?
This 2019, artists used the power of social media to reimagine the popular Pinay Superhero after Jemuel Bernaldez and Carljoe Javier posted their rejected Darna Pitch on Facebook through the hashtag #SigawDarna.
Under the #SigawDarna, local artists took to social media their creative takes on what Darna could be like in today’s time.
What if modern-day Darna is a single mom empowering every mom from different walks of life?
But sometimes, a true empowering hero is someone who isn’t afraid to break the norms. For all we know, Darna can be a non-binary hero.
A nerdy scientist Darna, why not?
Science prodigy Narda rescues and develops a link with symbiote R.O.C. Their bond allows R.O.C to swallow Narda and grant her super powers in the form body armor. Now she must discover what it all means for her to be a superhero. All she has to do is #SigawDarnapic.twitter.com/wPzNMLGHTf— Cy (@cyanroll) March 30, 2019
But if we still want to have a modern-day Darna rooted in our culture, maybe a demigod Darna would do.
Darna can also be disguised as the backpack-traveler fighting the bad people from island to island.
We’d also love a positive drag Queen Darna sashay-ing away her way to celebrate one's gender preference.
A punk Narda enjoying live gigs and uses the power of rock ‘n’ roll to change the world? We’d stan that!
Or maybe, we’re all wrong all along. Darna may be the form of the cherished internet sensation Paningning saving us from our daily stress with her quirky sleeping habits.
We can't do anything about what mainstream media feeds us but thankfully, we can mobilize the internet to start discourses like the #SigawDarna.
Superheroes, although fictional, are supposed to empower, that’s why at this point, representation should matter. Many commented on how Darna should look flawless with skin as white as the snow and manners like that of a goddess. But this era isn’t about conforming to standards, it’s about breaking free from the norm. Perhaps, what we really need for a superhero is to represent our most honest and vulnerable side.