Erik Matti Says Darna Will Be a Coming-of-Age Film
He also gives updates on everything from the costume to the visual effects.
(SPOT.ph) The preparations for Darna are already under way, and the anticipation is high from movie fans—so much so that director Erik Matti admitted to having a tough time.
"Hirap na hirap na nga ako 'e," he laughingly told reporters on Monday, July 3. "We can’t just come up with another superhero story na cute-cute, may bading bading na joke. Hindi puwede talaga, knowing all the superhero movies out there." Matti added that the goal was to make a "modern" yet "fun, exciting, [and] epic" film.
SPOT.ph asked the filmmaker if his approach would be different, especially considering Liza Soberano is much younger than previous Darna actresses. "Look at this [new movie] as a coming-of-age film—not just as Narda to Darna, but also Liza to becoming a serious actor," he explained. "You know the amount of challenge Liza is facing, not just emotionally or psychologically, but also physically. All these years, hinahasa siya sa light teen stuff, but now it’s coming-of-age for her."
Matti confirmed that he will be penning the script, but he has yet to even start casting characters as he's busy with the technical aspects of the film. For instance, the famous red-and-gold costume will be "reimagined" for Liza to match her physique; they will also be hiring professionals in terms of visual effects, rigs, and post-production.
Matti refused to divulge details on who he will be casting as Valentina (or any other Darna nemesis for that matter) but said, "We're [taking it seriously]. A superhero is only as good as the villain."
"The main job that we had early on when writing the story is how to come up with a superhero story that’s fresh and unique. Ang daming Marvel stories, ‘di ba? Ayaw mong masabihan na nangopya o ‘yong tono niya parang ganito," he explained.
As for Liza as the famous superhero, Matti had this to say: "You know, Liza is always determined. I think she’ll make a really good Darna."