Filmmaker Erik Matti believes that the only means to stop people from bashing Liza Soberano as “Darna” is to see her in her full form.
The director even compared Liza Soberano to Daniel Craig’s situation when he was first announced as the new James Bond. “Nung lumabas siya, everyone believed him. I think hindi ‘yan (bashing) mahihinto until they see her and believe her kapag nakita siya na, ‘Ay oo nga, she’s the perfect Darna,’” he said.
He stated that Liza’s transformation a year ago has greatly improved, and everyone needs to see her physical form. He also added that Liza is so dedicated to living up the role.
Director Erik once stated that “Darna” will be a comedy-fantasy movie, and along with it denying the rumored 200-million budget.
However, many fans don’t like to see the innocent face of Liza Soberano wear Darna’s superhero costume. Matti said that they have designed Darna’s costume that’s more fitting to be called a fighter, a savior, and a defender.
“Hindi naman pwedeng naka leggings si Darna. We didn’t think of [being conservative]. We only thought of what’s good for the role. Of course, with all the gender sensitivity now, we have designed something that is more of a warrior, more of utilitarian costume,” the director announced. “Dati kasi bikini na parang weird din minsan, itatanong mo sa sarili mo kung bakit ‘yung superhero naka-bikini.”
Erik Matti revealed that they already started shooting the simpler scenes and the ones that are easy to prepare for. “Aside from that, we have to get ready for the complicated setup. We’ve started already two months ago,” he said.
The director is doubtful if the movie “Darna” will make it to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. Star Cinema has yet to announce the movie’s release date.