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Modern World, What’s a Superhero?

Superman uses his mighty powers to protect the people. Wonder Woman uses her might to defend the innocent. The Justice League are tying up as a group to kill the enemies. Yup, those are superheroes. They use their almighty powers to kill their nemesis. The enemies are doing nothing but to fight the superhero. And it’s no other than the superhero whose going to kill him. That’s the usual setting of a superhero. America is doing a great job when it comes to producing wonderful superhero series.

If the Americans have their Wonder Woman and Superman, of course, we have Darna and Captain Barbell. These two Filipino superheroes were created by a great comic writer Mars Ravelo.

Image from Pinoy

Ravelo created Darna during the 1950s while he created Captain Barbell during the 1960s (specifically 1963). And as the time passes by, Darna and Captain Barbell have been influential to the Filipinos during the 50’s. And for the future generation to see the legendary Filipino superheroes, the modern industry created the TV series for the said superheroes. Other superheroes of Ravelo include Tiny Tony, Varga, Lastikman, Flash Bomba, Kapitan Boom and Dyesebel (well…she’s not really a heroine alright).

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Since GMA had some issues with regard to Darna (since the ex-Darna left the station), they planned to remake the said series. The animations still lack some reality, for what I can see is like a background image edited with Adobe Photoshop and Darna over the background. It’s quite funny on how Darna’s enemies died. There was this who died because of salt. There was this one who died because of holy water. There was another nemesis who died because of the sunlight (well…he’s a vampire).

I just wish that they put a little more emphasis when it comes to the killing part. They actually go far to the real storyline of the series. The most memorable thing that they did is that…the leading man died. They actually focus more on the drama, and not on action.

Too bad I missed Panday. They say that the animations in Panday is good. And believe it or not, I like to watch movies with good animations. Since they can do it on Panday, why don’t they give more effort with their superhero TV series?

(Someday I’ll be a director and someday I’m gonna change the way they make TV series with animations and whatsoever.)


4 responses

  1. annarexya

    Someday you’re dream will happen and hopefully people accept the change that you wanna bring. =)

    January 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    • Thanks. 😀

      January 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

  2. Mythical Man

    Awesome images! Never heard of those characters, but they sound like great ideas.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

    • If America has Superman and Wonder Woman, our country (Philippines) has Captain Barbell and Darna.

      They are Filipino comic superheroes which was famous in the late ’50s. 🙂

      January 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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