Director Erik Matti stressed that there is no truth to rumors that the Darna movie is not pushing through. He even pointed out that the production of the film has already started. “We’ve had several look tests already in terms of makeup, costumes for the superhero and for the normal Narda costume. [Liza is] gearing up. She’s quite excited and we’ve done several rehearsals already for critical, emotional scenes. Ang dami nang nangyari so I am shocked that every now and then, may balitang hindi matutuloy or nagbitiw ako. Unless I am fired, I am very much still into Darna,” the director said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
The director also shared details about the costume that Liza will be wearing in the movie. According to him, they modified the costume to be more of a "warrior" type. “Hindi naman pwedeng naka leggings si Darna. We didn’t think of [being conservative]. We only thought of what’s good for the role. Of course, with all the gender sensitivity now, we have designed something that is more of a warrior, more of utilitarian costume. Dati kasi bikini na parang weird din minsan, itatanong mo sa sarili mo kung bakit 'yung superhero naka-bikini," direk Erik stated.
He also has a message for all those who criticized Liza. “When Daniel Craig became James Bond, ang daming nagsabi na iba pa din si Sean Connery. Nung lumabas siya, everyone believed him. I think hindi 'yan (bashing) mahihinto until they see her and believe her kapag nakita siya na, ‘Ay oo nga, she’s the perfect Darna,’" he stated.