Award-winning and box-office director Chito S. Roño is officially taking helm in the much-awaited television adaptation of the Philippines’ iconic superheroine in “Darna: The TV Series.”


Taping is set to happen in early November with master director Chito, who is behind the hit Kapamilya series “Imortal,” “Lastikman,” and “Spirits,” now making a TV comeback after almost a decade to lead one of ABS-CBN’s biggest projects for 2022. 

He is expected to take today’s audiences to the edge of their seats with his expertise in visual effects production and masterful storytelling for the adaptation of the heroine created by the late Mars Ravelo, whose 115th birth anniversary is commemorated on October 9.

The renowned director, who made his last TV show “Maria Mercedes” back in 2013, is also known for being the ‘master of scare’ in the big screen. He had previously directed the hit horror flicks “Feng Shui” and “The Ghost Bride.”  He also served as director of award-winning drama films “Dekada ‘70” and “Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?”

In recent years, he was at the helm of the family drama “Signal Rock,” the Philippines’ entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards.

Top-billed by Kapamilya actress Jane de Leon who is in deep preparation for her role, the upcoming “Darna” series will bring back the iconic Pinoy comics superheroine who embodies Filipino values and uses her superpowers for the common good.  

Modern-day Darna is excited

Jane de Leon is overwhelmed with emotions now that she’s busy prepping up for the role of the iconic Filipino superheroine.   

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“Kinikilig ako na excited na kinakabahan sa totoo lang. Iba pa rin ang pakiramdam kapag malapit na kasi malapit na talaga kaming magsimula,” enthused Jane in an exclusive TV Patrol report prior to the director reveal.

The Kapamilya actress talked about actively training and dieting for the role and also shared how she felt when she tried the superhero costume.

“Actually nakapagfit na ako ng costume. Naiyak ako, ‘yung feeling na nilalagay na sa akin ‘yung headdress. Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord na matutuloy na,” she said.  

As the pre-production works for “Darna” continue this October, Jane also expressed her sentiment with the commemoration of Darna creator Mars Ravelo’s 115th birth anniversary this October 9.

“Gusto kong pasalamatan ang Ravelo family sa ‘di matatawarang legacy na paglikha sa superhero natin na si Darna at sa pagtitiwala sa akin na ibigay ang bato. Maraming salamat po,” Jane added.