Artists are posting their “Darna” art on the internet and they’re so beautiful!

Words by Kathlene Masilongan
Featured Image by Jem Bernaldez

It all started when an artist, Jem Bernaldez, posted an album containing rejected pitches for a Darna comic that would have been released alongside the movie. They were beautiful illustrations of a Darna we’ve never seen before—someone who is morena, has big curly hair, and donning a costume that fit a more modern audience and doesn’t pander to the male gaze.

People of the internet clamored around Bernaldez’ Darna, saying that it was a waste if creators of the commercial release didn’t use it.

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Just a couple of Jem Bernadlez’ conceptual redesigns for Darna.

Soon, people started sharing their own fan art. It was eventually given a hashtag by Rob Cham and friends, and thus, #SigawDarna was born.

But Darna represents Filipino women. And not every Filipino has conventional Eurocentric beauty that we Pinoys glorify and look for in our “bidas”. Darna, despite her canon origins that have been retconned a couple of times, is still a Filipino superhero created by Filipinos for Filipinos, and if there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that Filipinos are diverse.

So, without further ado, here are some #SigawDarna entries. The hashtag is new and people are still working on their art, so make sure to check it every now and then. You can contribute, as well, if you’d like! You can even create your own Darnasona, if you want to.

Which of these designs is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!