“I’ve heard the movie was going to be delayed and there would be rewrites. I thought I’d askAdam if I can post those that I made on my personal site,” he said. “It was a fun look back on what the three of us did, and [made me] realize that we did really good work.”
Inspired by Marvel teen heroes
In creating his iteration of Darna, Bernaldez drew inspiration from Marvel teen heroes Ms. Marvel and Miss America; thus, their version of Darna stands out with brown skin, wavy hair and youthful energy.
We wanted darna to have darker skin and bit of wavy hair in contrast to the original look. Marvels ms. Amerika and ms…
As for the costume, he said, “I really didn’t want her to be remembered by her bikini outfit and catchphrases. Sure [they are] iconic, but you have to admit it did lose any meaning that made her appealing in the first place.”
He dug into Darna’s history, finding an earlier version of the costume with dark red and blue tones. He also credited Adrian Alphona, who designed Ms. Marvel’s costume, for his example of a female hero’s costume that has “simplicity and functionality” while still being visually appealing.
This is a concept from the storyline we pitched in which darna does time travel ( and apparently she does this in the…
Bernaldez managed to incorporate the flowing cloth design into multiple designs made for different storylines while making it more functional.
Social media-savvy superhero
Reintroducing Darna into the 21st century meant equipping her with technology, social media and her own support team.
Darna would have had a trio helping with her missions: “A Grab driver to look out for street-level crime, a vlogger to keep the fan page alive and checks the news often for bigger crimes, and a cosplayer, mostly [to do] PR work and [give] moral support.”
The darna gang, functions the same way as cw’s flash support team. Only much more chaotic because they dont have a star labs and they only have the internet
In previous versions, Ding usually appeared as a much younger brother. This time, he was developed into a character that is “older and outspoken, also an activist,” Bernaldez said. Ding was illustrated with an undercut, beard, dark earrings and a paunch.
my best drawing of Ding and Narda tbh. also, intentional na binigyan ko sya ng tiyan. di pwede abs sa akin haha
Darna also faces pressing modern-day issues in Philippine society, such as the war on drugs. She would struggle with her role as a hero, in terms of “being” versus “acting” as one and seeing issues beyond “black and white.”