Local comic book heroine Sri Asih will feature in the second instalment of the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe, which will start shooting at the end of the year for a 2020 cinematic release. (Photo courtesy of Instagram/@sriasihofficial)

Sri Asih, Indonesia's First Superhero, Set to Arrive in 2020

BY :NUR YASMIN

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

Jakarta. Local comic book heroine Sri Asih will feature in the second instalment of the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe, which will start shooting at the end of the year for a 2020 cinematic release.

"Sri Asih is Indonesia's first superhero character, created by the late comic legend R. A. Kosasih in 1954. It's amazing to know that our first hero is female. It was Kosasih's vision to create a female superhero to uplift Indonesian women at the time," producer Bismarka Kurniawan said on Saturday.

Upi Avianto, whose work includes the comedy "My Stupid Boss," was chosen to direct the film, titled "Sri Asih." She directed numerous popular movies, such as "Reality, Love, and Rock'N Roll" and "Radit and Jani" in the 2000s.

"I never heard of [Sri Asih] before, but I am amazed that our first hero is female. I admired Kosasih's comics when I was a child, so I accepted when this movie was offered to me," Upi said.

Actress Pevita Pearce was chosen for the leading role. She also portrayed Sri Asih in "Gundala," the first instalment of the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe.

"I have been preparing for the role for the past nine months and we will start shooting next year. This role takes extra effort and I hope the visuals do it justice" said Pevita, who is currently receiving martial arts training for the role.

Sri Asih changes into her superhero costume whenever someone calls her Dewi Asih. Her main weapon is a traditional Javanese scarf and her attire has kebaya features. In the comic books, Sri Asih slapped villains, not just in Indonesia, but throughout the world.

A digital comic will be published to promote the character and it will be accessible through the LINE Webtoon app. It will include detail of Sri Asih's background and more stories about her.

The Bumilangit Universe, which started with the Toba explosion on Sumatra Island about 75,000 years ago, is divided into four eras: Era of Legends, Era of Champions, Era of Patriots and Era of Revolution.

The present heroes exist in the Era of Patriots. Notable characters are Gundala, Sri Asih, Godam, Tira and Sembrani.

The superheroes in the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe and the actors set to play them are as follows: Gundala (Abimana Aryasatya), Sri Asih (Pevita Pearce), Aquanus (Nicholas Saputra), Cempaka (Vanesha Prescilla), Nila Umaya (Della Dartyan), Ghani Zulham (Ario Bayu), Ridwan Bahri (Lukman Sardi), Dewi Api, or Goddess of Fire (Dian Sastro), Virgo (Zara JKT48), Mustika Sang Kolektor, or  Mustika the Collector (Tatjana Saphira), Godam (Chico Jerikho), Tira (Chelsea Islan), Merpati (Tara Basro), Desti Nikita (Asmara Abigail), Camar, or Seagull (Hannah Al Rashid), Tanto Ginanjar (Daniel Adnan), Bidadari Mata Elang, or Eagle Eye Angel (Kelly Tandiono) and Mandala (Joe Taslim).

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