“Impactful, Powerful, Remarkable, Iconic.”
This was how the admin of Iza Calzado’s official Facebook page described her highly talked about portrayal of Leonor Custodio, the first Darna in the newest Kapamilya series Mars Ravelo’s Darna that just had premiered last Monday, August 15 – to which a lot of viewers could totally agree.
Aside from looking forward on seeing Jane de Leon take flight as the Pinay superheroine of this generation, we were also anticipating how her journey would start and unfold. And we were indeed delighted to learn that the story would take off with the stone being passed on to Jane de Leon’s character, Narda, by her mom and the first Darna in the series, Iza Calzado.
As we found ourselves immediately fascinated by what we saw in the first gap of the pilot episode, we were further enthralled as we watched Iza do her fight scenes versus a cyborg from Planet Marte while cladded in the iconic red and gold costume in the succeeding gap. We were amazed by how she’s able to nail her stances and routines, as well as compel us with her nuances and facial expressions, while doing her stunts and fight scenes – making a lot of viewers convinced that she indeed is the perfect choice to portray the legendary comic book character.
Sadly, as much as we wanted to see her more in the series, Iza’s stint as Darna already ended in the second episode as Leonor got fatally shot by the extraterrestrial creatures that attacked their town while trying to save her folks. We saw her body disintegrated into flaming ashes, as well as the stone that she tried to swallow and transform into becoming the superheroine.
Take a glimpse of Iza’s Darna moments through the behind the scene shots in the series and in one of her photoshoots that we collated in this gallery!
Iza’s stint in Darna may be already over, but we may keep on showering Jane de Leon, Janella Salvador, and the rest of the Mars Ravelo’s Darna family with love and support by not missing an episode, weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z and iWantTFC.