Darna (2009 TV series)

For the 2005 TV series, see Darna (2005 TV series).
Mars Ravelo's Darna
Genre Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Telefantasya
Created by Mars Ravelo
Developed by Jun Lana
Written by Denoy Navarro Punio
RJ Nuevas
Renato Custodio
Directed by Dominic Zapata
Don Michael Perez
Creative director(s) Jun Lana
Starring Marian Rivera
Iwa Moto
Mark Anthony Fernandez
Nadine Samonte
Katrina Halili
Paolo Contis
Dennis Trillo
Opening theme "Narda"
sung by Kamikazee
Composer(s) Jay Contreras
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of seasons 2 seasons
No. of episodes 140
Executive producer(s) Edlyn Tallada-Abuel
Producer(s) GMA Entertainment TV Group
Location(s) Manila, Philippines
Cinematography Roman Theodossis
Rhino Vidanes
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i NTSC
Original release August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10) – February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
Related shows Darna (2005)

Darna is a Philippine drama/fantasy series adapted from Mars Ravelo's fictional superheroine of the same name; directed by Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez and developed by Jun Lana.[1] It is the third series based on the Darna graphic novels by Mars Ravelo. It stars Marian Rivera as the title role and her alter-ego Narda, with Iwa Moto as her main nemesis Valentina, and Mark Anthony Fernandez as Eduardo.[2]

The series had premiered on August 10, 2009 on GMA Network and ended on February 19, 2010, and also featured the return of the other four villains originally created by Ravelo himself.[3] The first season consists of 70 episodes, as well as the second season, with 140 episodes all in all.



Filipino comics legend Mars Ravelo created the Asia's first superheroine in 1947 named Varga. She first appeared in Bulaklak Magazine on July 23, 1947 and quickly became popular amongst its readers. Ravelo wrote and illustrated the stories. As a human, Varga was known as the little girl named "Narda" which Ravelo based on the name of his boy playmate. In her superhuman form, she fought against common criminals, as well as greater forces of evil. And just like any other superhero, Varga stood up for those who could not fend for themselves.

Having differences with the editors of Bulaklak Magazine in 1949, Ravelo decided to take his creation elsewhere. Unfortunately, the superheroine's name, "Varga" belonged to Bulaklak Magazine. His creation's name was changed to "Darna".

Mars Ravelo re-launched his creation in Pilipino Komiks on May 13, 1950 as Darna - the mighty warrior from the planet Marte. Both Varga and Darna are, in essence, the same character except for their superheroine names. To revamp his creation, Ravelo assigned newcomer then, Nestor Redondo to illustrate the new comic. Darna's fame quickly grew starting with Filipino comics readers, but she did not become a household name until the following year.

On May 31, 1951 Filipinos witnessed the first movie adaptation of the superheroine, in Fernando Poe Senior's Royal Films Production -- "DARNA" starring Manila's golden age movie queen Rosa del Rosario as Darna and Cristina Aragon as Valentina, while Mila Nimfa portrayed Narda. The movie was a huge box office success.

From then on, numerous hit movies and TV shows were made and only portrayed by the Philippines' biggest stars. Endless versions of Darna were also serialized in different comic books.


Darna's powers include flight, super strength, super speed, enhanced stamina and hearing, and near-invulnerability due to her psionic abilities. She uses telekinesis to enhance all of her abilities. Her invulnerability is due to her alien origin. Due to her psionic powers, she also has limited telepathy. She transforms into her hero form by shouting... "Darna!" and back to her human form by shouting her name... "Narda!"


The winged medallion on her helmet contains a precious red stone (just like ruby) that enhances her psionic abilities. It also allows her to fire a psionic blast and fire lasers from her eyes. The medallions on her belt can be thrown like shuriken. Sometimes she uses her bracelets to deflect bullets.

Enemies Demon Woman- a conjoined monster, she has elastic arms and strength, in the mean time, she absorbed Darna's power of Flight Hawk Woman - a cybernetic woman, her metal wings allows her the power of flight and proportionate strength of a hawk, she gained Darna's incredible speed Tree Woman - a powerful elemental who can control plants at her own will, she can manipulate her size, and has great strength. The leech lady - a monster, that can summon leeches at her own will, she has enhanced Senses and strength, and long extending tentacles and Extending nose she uses to sip blood, she can also mimic anyone she touches

Movie Adaptations

TV Adaptations

In the late 80's, actress Lorna Tolentino wore the coveted red and gold suit for a TV series in RPN 9

In 2005, GMA Network brings back the superheroine with Angel Locsin as the lead role which made her a big star (See Darna 2005 series). The network confirms that the rights of Darna is still theirs along with Captain Barbell and Dyesebel.

January 2008, it was announced that GMA Network decided to make another version of the show but this time, it will be along with Captain Barbell. But due to schedule conflicts of Richard Gutierrez, everything was shelved. Angel Locsin, the first TV Darna, has transferred to ABS-CBN, the rival station of GMA Network in 2007.

Late 2008, GMA Network, along with the Ravelo's copyright holders of the character, has unanimously chosen Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as Darna/Narda. It was said by Wilma Galvante, the SVP for Entertainment TV, in an interview that the new Darna should be a real star because it is a prime role. The Ravelo's said in an interview that Marian Rivera is the sexiest and most beautiful actress to play Darna.

Mark Herras was considered for the lead male role of Eduardo, but Mark Anthony Fernandez won the part.

Dennis Trillo, who previously played Efren in 2005 TV series, portrayed Pancho, Narda's childhood friend from orphanage and love interest.


Darna tells the story of Narda (Marian Rivera), an attractive young woman who grows up in an orphanage and lives a happy, quiet and simple life until she becomes the heiress of a stone that gives her super powers.

Narda eventually meets her childhood sweetheart Eduardo (Mark Anthony Fernandez) at the same orphanage. Hopes of nurturing romantic relationship between the two went kaput after Narda's friend, Valentina, fell for Eduardo.

Narda then learns that she is the anointed one chosen to save the world from evil forces. Nursing a broken heart, Narda declines because she believes that a simple and crippled woman like her cannot take such a huge responsibility.

The four Villains are revealed to be encased in hail-blocks, but Dr.Morgan Quickly acquires them, another scientist behind stated that Leech Woman is the most powerful creature among the four, based on the Military files, later the four managed to escape.

The Town was devastated by the arrival of the Villains: Hawk Woman, Demon Woman, Tree Woman, and The Leech Woman, they wreak havoc in the town, they want to see Darna but instead was faced by The Keeper of The Stone. the Villains stated that they will only stop if the Guardian will give them the Stone's power, The Guardian agreed for the sake of the people.

Eventually, the Guardian and the Villains meet at the forest. There, the Villains absorbed and gained Darna's abilities, however the darkness consumes them and they are imprisoned in a portal.

Now the limp Narda faced the Guardian and accepts the Stone, she will become the greatest opponent of evil lurking on our World, she also must retrieve her stolen powers before it's too late.


Marian Rivera portrays one of the protagonists, as Darna.
Iwa Moto portrays one of the antagonists, as Valentina.
Maggie Wilson portrays one of the antagonists, as Babaeng Linta.
Katrina Halili portrays one of the antagonists, as Babaeng Anakonda.
Jackie Rice portrays one of the antagonists, as Babaeng Demonyita.

Main cast

Minor cast

Special guest star

Critical reception

Darna opened with rave reviews, writer Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer described the pilot episode as "loud and livid". Torre continues to mention "...two performances stand out because they’re 'different'. The first is Janice de Belen’s portrayal of Consuelo, the mother of Valentina. De Belen’s characterization is outstanding, because it’s deeply felt, while not being over-the-top..." and "the other interesting performance thus far is turned in by Iwa Moto as Valentina. With some help from creative scripting, her character is more tragic and conflicted than past versions of the story had it".[5]

Jun Lana's script was also praised by Torre for creating "Valentina’s terrible secret initially pains her rather than turns her into a vengeful monster, and the ostracism she suffers adds enormously to her loneliness and grief, which are alleviated only by her only friend, Narda. Of course, the ironic twist to all this is that Narda will eventually morph into superheroine Darna, with whom Valentina must fight to the death." Lana told Manila Bulletin that this version of Darna will be "totally different" especially with the characters, he mentions "what if Narda doesn't want to become Darna?" - a subject never touched upon in other versions of the graphic novel.[6]

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