Manila, Philippines –KC AS ‘DARNA’? – Learned that ABS-CBN now owns the rights to all Mars Ravelo novels, including “Darna,” “Captain Barbell,” “Dyesebel,” “Bondying,” and “Maruja.”
Angel Locsin is said to be being considered to reprise “Darna,” which she did with GMA. If you ask me, a new face is preferable.
But who among the ABS-CBN and Star Cinema talents can do justice to the Pinay superheroine?
A wild thought, KC Concepcion, shapely, healthy, pretty, and athletic. Sure, she’s in her late 20s, but then the original “Darna,” Rosa del Rosario, was already in her early 30s when she did it twice in the early ’50s.
Rosa was an American mestiza, Rose Stagner offcam.
Other actresses who played “Darna”: Liza Moreno, Eva Montes, Gina Pareno, Rio Locsin, Nanette Medved, Anjanette Abayari, and Marian Rivera (on TV).
WHY NOT CRISTINE? – How about “Dyesebel,” the mermaid, originally played by Edna Luna. Why not Cristine Reyes? A very sexy mermaid.
Perhaps BF Rayver Cruz could portray her leading man.
Other actresses who’ve played “Dyesebel”: Eva Montes, Vilma Santos (several times), Alma Moreno, Alice Dixson, Charlene Gonzalez, and Marian Rivera (on TV).
SAM MILBY AS ‘CAPTAIN BARBELL’ – The likes of Bob Soler, Edu Manzano, Bong Revilla, and Richard Gutierrez (on TV) have played “Captain Barbel.”
Now that ABS-CBN owns the rights to “Captain Barbel,” who among the Kapamilya artists will get the chance to wear tights and cape?
Sam Milby right away comes to mind. Look, the guy has the muscles and bulges… and the charm.
‘BONDYING’? – Gerald Anderson is this columnist’s choice for “Bondying,” hands down. “Bondying” is a child man, which Gerald did so well in the soap “Budoy.”
Fred Montilla originated “Bondying” in the ’50s, and winning a FAMAS for it. Jay Ilagan and Jimmy Santos followed in Fred’s footsteps.
LOVE STORY – “Maruja” is a timeless love story played in the ’60s by then movie queen Susan Roces, with Bobby Vasquez as Gabriel. In the ’70s, Susan again played “Maruja” in a contemporary version, giving her a FAMAS.
Two other modern versions of “Maruja” were produced later. One starred Carmina Villaroel, with Rustom Padilla (now BB Gandanghari) and Eric Quizon as leading men. The other TV soap was topbilled by Kristine Hermosa, with Piolo Pascual as love interest. Papa P sang the theme, the haunting “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
Who’ll be today’s “Maruja”?
Why not Jessy Mendiola whose bauty is “period,” harking back to the days of the Spanish regime?
And who will be Jessy’s Gabriel? Matteo Guidicelli or JM de Guzman?
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