'Darna,' 'Dyesebel' now officially Kapamilya stars

Posted on 4/19/13 3:53 A

The iconic characters created by Filipino "komiks" novelist Mars Ravelo, including Darna and Dyesebel, are now officially Kapamilya stars.

The family of the late comicbook writer, represented by his daughter Rita Ravelo-Dela Cruz and son Rex Ravelo, formalized the deal Wednesday with ABS-CBN executives led by Chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, CEO Charo Santos-Concio and Channel Head Cory Vidanes.

According to Rex, the deal grants the Kapamilya network rights to 13 titles or characters created by Ravelo, including the superheroine Darna, the love-lorn mermaid Dyesebel, and the everyman-superhero character Captain Barbell.

Rex surmised that ABS-CBN will prioritize production on a possible TV or film project based on the Darna character, which is seen as Ravelo's most popular and iconic "komiks" creation.

As early as last year, reports on ABS-CBN's acquisition of the rights to Ravelo characters had fans speculating on which Kapamilya actress will don Darna's two-piece battle gear.

Among those who expressed willingness to portray the superheroine are Cristine Reyes and Angel Locsin. The latter played Darna in a GMA-7 series centered on the character in 2005.

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"It's a collaboration, actually. More on their (ABS-CBN) decision 'yung artista. But the ideas and the stories, they have to have our blessings kung ano ang klaseng stories na gagawin," he said.

Like the Darna name, the formalized deal on Wednesday marked the first time Captain Barbell and Dyesebel became official contract properties of ABS-CBN, since their respective comicbook debuts in 1963 and 1952.

Aside from the three iconic Pinoy superheroes, Ravelo created other well-loved characters like Lastikman, Dragonna, Flash Bomba, Tiny Tony, Trudis Liit, Kapitan Boom, and Jack and Jill.

"ABS-CBN is an institution, and based on their products, I think mas maganda talaga na sa kanila mapunta 'yung projects. Hindi lang ABS-CBN ang option namin, but the best option is ABS-CBN."

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