I’ve never worn a superhero costume when I was young but if given the chance, I’d definitely be Darna. I mean, aside from obvious reasons (her super fashionista outfit), who here has never dreamt of flying up in the air and saving the day? At some point, everybody wants to be the good guy in the story, the one to call when all hopes are lost. The one to restore faith in humanity.
Growing up though, we began to understand where the antagonists are coming from. We realize that they aren’t really pure evil, just often misunderstood. We started rooting for them. And now, when we watch another superhero film, instead of endlessly cursing the villain, we try to understand the scars. (Aside from Thanos okay, he deserved it for killing Iron Man.) Still, at the end of the day, we want the hero to defeat evil because that’s how it should be in the perfect world, in the movie world. We have never seen the bad guy succeed with his evil plans, at best, he gives up and changes for the better. The superhero rejoices and the world is back to normal.
Superhero Films You Can Watch on Studio B
It’s harder to find original copies of our favorite Superhero films now as compared to before. Thankfully, we have Studio B to the rescue! If you miss the golden era of Pinoy Superhero movies, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we have a list of Pinoy comics turned movies that once dominated the silver screen. Click the image and enjoy it in your hideout, with whoever Robin is to your Batman.
Kumander Bawang: Kalaban Ang Mga Aswang (1988)
When you were young, if you lived with parents who believe in aswangs, then you might have had garlic garlands hanging on your front door too. Bawang or garlic is believed to fight off aswangs from entering your home. The story of Kumander Bawang was inspired by this superstition. Released in 1988, this Filipino fantasy comedy film starring Herbert Bautista tells the story of a wimp transformed into Kumander Bawang. Armed with garlic bombs and superhuman strength, he must continue and put an end to a battle his father started twenty years ago.
Best believe he defeated everyone just by throwing garlic at them. And that’s no spoiler alert.
Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko (1994)
Pedro is just a normal probinsiyano boy with no superpower whatsoever, but he has great knowledge about Philippine mythical creatures. One day, he uncovers a magical amulet that allowed him to travel into a world of superstitions, and in here, Philippine mythical creatures have come to life—the tikbalang, kapre, tiktik, you name it. With nothing but just a bit of knowledge on how these creatures live and die, Pedro must defeat the odds and come back safely.
Starring Janno Gibbs, Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko hit the cinemas in 1994. I was not born yet when the movie was released, but I was able to keep track of its series remake in 2006. Yes, 2006. It’s been that long, Matt Evans fanatics.
Due to popular demand, Pedro Penduko came back with a sequel, six years later. Watch it here.
Darna, Ang Pagbabalik (1994)
As of this writing, there have been more than 10 movies and series adaptations of this favorite local superhero. If that does not prove enough of Darna’s legacy, I don’t know what will. From Vilma Santos to Angel Locsin, there have been a number of superstars that have successfully played this character. The one we have here dates back to 1994 and stars Anjanette Abayari, one of the sought-after actresses in those days.
Created by Mars Ravelo and Nestor Redondo, this iconic heroine served as a cultural icon born at a time when the Philippines was struggling to come out of the devastation of World War II. She served as a salve to a country looking for a champion. The costume might have been passed down from generation to generation but the story remains unchanged. As she swallows a magic stone and shouts with her loudest “Darna!”, she transforms from an ordinary girl Narda to a mighty warrior who can and will fight for those who can’t fend for themselves. Yes, while wearing that powerful red suit.
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