The virtually indestructible femme fatale, Painkiller Jane is due for a shot at the big screen as announced at SDCC 2014.
Painkiller Jane was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in 1995 for Event Comics. Following the events of a bomb related accident, Jane is gifted with super regenerative healing abilities and leaves her life as a cop behind to pursue life as a vigilante.
American Mary (The 2012 Canadian hit slasher film) directors Jen and Sylvia Soska have been tapped to helm the big screen adaptation of Painkiller Jane. Given the Soska sister’s gory directional savvy and the comics unfiltered take on violence, this is a match in sweet, gory heaven. So far this is the first wave of news regarding the new film, but given the recent success of the superhero/comic book genre, a strong female lead will be a welcomed edition to the Pantheon.
The series that’s run for 20 issues over the span of two decades is described as:
“Jane Vasko was an undercover police officer attempting to infiltrate a major New York city drug ring. After gaining the trust of dealers, her cover was unknowingly blown and she was forced drugged into a coma. Jane remained in secrecy as a Jane Doe until one day she awoke to a world where nothing was the same. Infused somehow during her fitful sleep with strange powers, Jane has nothing left to lose and a whole lot of people to make pay for what they’ve done…”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Painkiller Jane in live action form. A made-for-TV film was created for the SyFy channel in 2005 with a series on SyFy following shortly after in 2007. Jane may not ring a lot of bells for some comic fans, but she’s definitely had some fantastic crossovers including Punisher, Hellboy and Terminator.
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