Jimmy Palmiotti has had great success in the comic book industry as both writer and/or artist on books like "Harley Quinn", yet he always has made time to create his own characters and projects.
Palmiotti's persistence and creativity have gotten him noticed. Indeed, at one time, thirteen of his creations were being looked at for a possible feature film.
Like most of the intellectual properties optioned by Hollywood, most of them have been in development hell or stuck in limbo.
Except for "Painkiller Jane" which continues to be Palmiotti's most commercially successful baby. She's had a TV-movie, TV series and now an upcoming feature film that is generating buzz.
What is it about "Jane" that Hollywood wants to keep giving her another shot?
"The best feedback I have gotten has been on the current screenplay, which had a couple of people interested at the same time", says Palmiotti told me. "I was told the character had a solid voice, the dialogue was fun, dead on, and the story was something a viewer could cheer for. I also was told there are not many female buddy movies that go in this direction."
"A lot of flattery was given, which is always nice to receive", Palmiotti continued.. "Since Jane, Craig (Weeden, who co-wrote the film's screenplay with Palmiotti) and I have completed two other screenplays and one of them, right now, is getting some attention."
"I think writing a lot of comics has helped my screenplay storytelling and dialogue a great bit", Palmiotti added.
Painkiller Jane - originally co-created in a comic book by Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in 1995 - has always been a fan-favorite in the comic-book world, yet both the TV-movie and TV-series never seemed to truly capture the character's essence. As a result, neither were terrible. However, neither version really resonated with viewers either.
However, the passion Palmiotti has for the character and the film - and his hands-on involvement this time - should be an important factor in making sure the feature film version of "Painkiller Jane" is the one that clicks with - and is remembered by - the general public.