Since the news broke that Liza Soberano has backed out of the Darna remake, Filipinos have been naming actresses to play the iconic heroine. Some names we’ve heard: Nadine Lustre and Kathryn Bernardo—both suggested for their acting skills and the fact that they represent morena beauty. Angel Locsin's name came up too. She was Darna in the 2005 TV series.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, Nadine, Kathryn, and Angel aren’t really thinking about doing the superhero movie.
According to ABS-CBN News entertainment writer MJ Felipe, Nadine sympathizes with Liza for withdrawing from the upcoming Darna movie.
He quotes the Ulan actress as saying, “We were talking about it during the Christmas special—she showed me her finger. Well, it’s her decision [and] we have to respect it. It would’ve been really nice to see her 'cause she was really into it na. Sayang.”
Nadine is still optimistic for Liza, though. “There’s something bigger in store for her.”
Taking on the role doesn’t seem to be on Nadine’s mind. “I thank everyone for the support but I mean, Darna will be given to someone who is deserving of the role. I super appreciate that kasi they see me as a strong and empowered woman, 'cause Darna is strong.”
As for Kathryn, MJ says she feels bad as well. He quotes her, “Nalungkot ako kasi alam ko yung preparations niya, yung workout, yung diet niya. Sana makahanap ng right doctor for the finger kasi hindi yun joke. Sa fight scenes pa lang, napakahirap nun.”
Kathryn has also said, “Maybe hindi ngayon, pero hindi ibig-sabihin nun [na] hindi na niya pwedeng gawin someday. Kung hindi si Liza ang gagawa, as a fan of Ate Angel [Locsin], I would love to see her in the Darna costume again.”
Meanwhile, Angel says she understands the heartbreak Liza is going through. She told MJ, “Naramdaman ko kung gaano siya ka-devastated sa nangyari and kung gaano niya kagusto i-please yong network and fans niya na nag-aantay. Pero siyempre, kailangan din niyang alagaan yong sarili niya. Siguro ganoon din niya kamahal yong role, na feeling niya hindi niya maibibigay yong buo niya.”
For Angel, taking on Darna again is still a firm no, even if she’s doing fight scenes in her show The General’s Daughter. She told MJ that that phase of her life is done. There were talks of a Darna movie in 2015, and she declined the project due to a spine injury.