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Although superhero stories used to be seen only as vehicles for entertainment and profit, contemporary studies see them as metaphors for understanding social and political issues. This article analyzes two films made in the 1970s that revolved around the female superhero Darna, using trauma and memory as frameworks. The selected movies provide insights not only on how their production was partly shaped by martial law rhetoric, but also on how they contribute to discussions of trauma in local movies. This article presents an alternative way of interpreting Darna texts that locates them within a larger historical experience, both real and imagined.