That Angel Locsin is Darna no more—a development still mourned by many, a day after she officially retired from the role for good—only shows she's one of the most beloved actresses to ever don the superheroine's red-hot garb.
Sad as her departure may be, her unfortunate exit has intensified the buzz for director Erik Matti's hotly anticipated take on the beloved tri-media fantasy icon. Which is good, in a sense, considering Darna has always been a proven primetime TV ratings monster and box-office champ at kid-friendly movie festivals favored for obvious reasons by big-time film execs.
And judging from the polls designed to get the pulse of the movie-going public's preferred replacement, this Darna fever we're experiencing now is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
This being a Star Cinema project, it was no suprise a handful of ABS-CBN stars like Jessy Mendiola, Arci Muñoz, and Nadine Lustre are leading these informal surveys. What's somewhat jolting, though, is that a new candidate has been tagged by many as the one truly perfect for the role: Encantadia's Sanya Lopez.
In the comment section of PEP.ph, for example, fans have earlier shared they wanted Sang'gre Danaya to take over crime-fighting duties from the much-adored Angel, however unlikely it may seem.
We here at FHM agree. The Kapuso actress' performance on the fight scene-heavy Encantadia is undeniable proof she can do Darna with aplomb.
Aside from looking irresistibly fantastic in costume, Sanya knows her way around playing the gutsy lead in a high-stakes action-fantasy series. No doubt she’ll sell the role with ease, if you ask us.
Also, her sun-kissed skin makes her the perfect choice to champion the Pinay superheroine's legacy.
Her innocence, meanwhile, makes for a lovely Narda, too...
Complement all this with a kick-ass physique that can thwart even the most sinister of baddies and you've got Ding's dutiful big sister right here!
What do you think fellas?