Mars Ravelo‘s Darna had several incarnations. On Philippine television, GMA-7 was successful in mounting two Darnas. First, it was Angel Locsin in 2005. The show had high ratings and the pilot week averaged at 50.08%, and its highest rating was 52.1%. Four years later (2009), it was Marian Rivera‘s turn to take on the iconic Filipino female superhero.
But when the license for Darna went to ABS-CBN 2, Locsin was considered to reprise her role. Due to her back injury, she was compelled to resign.
In 2017, after the long wait, Liza Soberano was chosen to succeed Locsin. However, almost a year after the announcement, the 21-year-old Fil-Am Star Magic artist withdrew from the film project due to another injury. But just today, a 20-year-old rising female star, Jane De Leon was revealed as the new Darna.
De Leon is no newbie in acting since she has appeared in films like The Debutantes (2017) and Walwal (2018), respectively. She played the younger sister of Jericho Rosales in the TV series, Halik.