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Mar 21, 2017
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Angel Locsin has ultimately conceded reprising the role of Darna.

The network also released a statement on Monday about wanting "to see Angel fly again as Darna" but cannot due to her recurring health condition.

"Unfortunately, Angel experienced back pain twice during training, prompting her doctor to advise her not to participate in strenuous activities to avoid permanent damage on her spine," part of it read.

According to a PEP.ph report, Angel told ABS-CBN News, "Sinubukan po namin talaga, pero the spirit is very willing but the flesh is weak. Ayaw kong isipin ng tao na hindi ko sinubukan o di sinubukan ng ABS-CBN."

Netizens were quick to react on the development, even coming up with the hashtag "NoToDarnaMovie" on Twitter to express their grief.

As much as the fans in us are still aching, Angel would've wanted her heiress to continue the legacy, as seen in her latest Instagram post. The question is, who fits the bill?

Mars Ravelo's brainchild has had a colorful history with its casting, enlisting a total of 19 thespians in both TV and film. From a long line of actresses to a couple of male comedians, we select the best to ever play the part—aside from Angel—and identify their contemporary equivalents, hoping to find the next Darna.


Vilma Santos

Lipad, Darna, Lipad!, Darna and the Giants, Darna vs The Planet Women (1973), Darna and Ding (1980)

Modern-day equivalent: Kim Chiu

The chinita princess still has a long way to go before reaching the star power of the Star for All Seasons, but she has undoubtedly established herself as a household name in the industry. Banking on her acting chops, the award-winning Kim as Darna can be expected to effortlessly change from Narda to the superheroine with pizazz, and vice versa.


Nanette Medved
Darna (1991)

Modern-day equivalent: Jessy Mendiola

The reigning Sexiest Woman matches the oozing sex appeal of the Fil-Russian ex-actress. Don't be surprised if this iteration of Darna has the ability to knock out bad guys by simply batting an eyelash. Both Jessy and Nanette are also women of purpose, championing body positivity and education (Generation Hope) respectively.

Anjanette Abayari
Darna Ang Pagbabalik (1994)

Modern-day equivalent: Pia Wurtzbach

From one beauty queen to another, the two share an air of royalty that will be difficult to match. The Miss Universe 2015 playing the red-clad guardian would make so much sense considering her experience as a lady in power. More important, who wouldn't want to see Pia slip into that iconic costume?

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Marian Rivera
Mars Ravelo's Darna (2009)

Modern-day equivalent: Sarah Geronimo

If there's one name who can equal the Primetime Queen's charisma, it would be the box-office singer-actress. Like Marian, Sarah can strike a chord with almost everyone, no matter the social class. She has also inherited another talent from a short-lived Darna (Regine Velasquez)—being able to go way up high with her notes.


Dolphy
Darna, Kuno? (1979)

Modern-day equivalent: Angelica Panganiban

A wild card in this list, the Banana Split funnywoman still has miles to go before she can recognized as the female counterpart of the Comedy King. But she has proven herself to be such a versatile actress that seeing her match verbal wits with her foes before she punches her way out of a bind excites us no end.

 

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