While Hong Kong languishes in some kind of year-round non-ratings tv hell, our neighbours across the South China Sea sit in the thrall of DARNA. As champion warrior of people who would normally qualify for benefits under a generous social welfare state, Darna has been wowing audiences with her skimpy heroics.
It is no surprise that the costume is a real ratings-grabber. Compared to DC Comics' Wonder Woman, Darna offers double the action with only half the clothing. There is much to be dazzled by - the golden egg being laid in the middle of her forehead, the Janet Jackson inspired sunburst shield and short shorts that show no mercy to celllulite. But the true extent of Darna's powers are revealed by the infinite supply of tissue paper emanating from her crotch:
Darna Woman, Darna Woman.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the 2-ply you possess
The fascination with sexy red super heroine outfits is not a new one. You may recall how Elektra managed to scrape US$14 million in its opening weekend by putting Jennifer Garner in a Victoria's Secret Body By Victoria body shaping bustier and naughty bed ties.
Just how long has this sexualisation of super-hero outfits been going on? To answer that question we have to go back a long long way, some thirty years ago. Ah the 70s, a simple time when all the drugs made people too euphoric to criticise what each other was wearing.
If only Sean Connery had stayed on being James Bond for a little longer, then the world today would be a much less complicated place.