Jane de Leon reveals that she used to play pretend as Darna portrayed by Angel Locsin!

It was in July 2019 when ABS-CBN announced that the young star, Jane de Leon, will be the next Darna.

It can be recalled that the iconic role was first handed over to Liza Soberano who had to renounce the project due to an unfortunate incident while filming Bagani that badly fractured her finger.

After months of deliberation, it was a unanimous decision to give the Filipina Superhero a new face and Jane De Leon, 20 and a Star Magic talent, got the breakthrough role.

She has appeared in various TV projects, including “Halik” where she played Jericho Rosales's sister Maggie Bartolome and in 2017 fantasy drama series "La Luna Sangre" as one of the moonchasers. She was also part of the girl group Girltrends of "It's Showtime."

In August 2019, during her own Darna Funko Pop unboxing Youtube video shared by ABS-CBN News, the young star revealed that she is still over the moon and still couldn’t believe that she really is the new Darna. She shared some trivias about the iconic superhero and also revealed that she used to watch the Darna 2005 TV series played by Angel Locsin. She shared:

“Naaala ko pa nun before. Kay ate Angel Locsin pa yun ha. Grade 1 ako nun. So meron pa nun dati sa Laguna kasi I’m from Laguna. Pumunta akong palengke before ako pumunta ng school. Bumibili akong ng parang tigte-tres na parang papel lang siya na isusuot [Darna headdress] tapos pupunta ako ng school tapos gaganyan ako ‘I’m Darna!’ Hindi ko rin siya inexpect na malaki na ko ngayon na nakuha ko si Darna.”

Funko is a novelty toy manufacturer based in the US. Its popular Pop! line features characters from various pop culture properties, such as Marvel Comics, DC, Disney, and many more.

Darna, the most iconic Pinay superhero, is the first Filipino superhero to have a Funko Pop collectible! There’s really no other komiks character that is more deserving of this Funko Pop! treatment.

Darna first appeared in a comic published in the 1940s. She has since gone on to become the most recognizable komiks character in Philippine history, spawning a number of TV series and movie adaptations featuring some of the biggest names in local showbiz.

Angel Locsin took the titular role of Darna in 2005 and her portrayal of this Mars Ravelo’s comic book super-heroine character solidified her ICON status and remains unrivalled on so many levels. That makes her shoes hard to fill but we are excited to see Darna fly again nonetheless!

We wish you the best of luck, Jane! You can do it!

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