ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

As fans of the character know, the upcoming "Painkiller Jane" film is not the character's first shot at live-action glory.

Painkiller Jane was made into a made-for-television movie and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2005. The film starred Emmanuelle Vaugier as the titular heroine.

Vaugier had already earned geek cred when she portrayed Dr. Helen Bryce, the love interest of Lex Luthor, on the WB’s hit drama "Smallville" in 2002–2003.The film differed significantly from the comics, notably in regard to the character's origin, but led to a subsequent television series.

The Sci-Fi Channel Original Series based on the character starred Kristanna Loken as Jane Vasco. Vasco had even more star wattage than Vaugier, having made her mark as the "Terminatrix" in "Terminator 3".

By the time the series' pilot aired Friday, April 13, 2007, it had been promoted heavily and expectations were high . The name of the heroine in the show was more similar to the original comic name of Jane Vasko, as opposed to the Jane Browning character from the television film. The series received lukewarm reviews and good-but-not-great ratings. On August 15, 2007, it was announced the show would not return for a second season.The final episode aired on September 21, 2007.

The character's co-creator, Jimmy Palmiotti, says this third shot will indeed be the charm.

"This will be the best of the bunch simply because I co-wrote the screenplay and the people putting this together respect my voice and vision. It really is simple as that", says Palmiotti. "It’s all about respect for the creator and creation."

He feels the film's directors, Jen and Sylvia Soska, share his passion for the character - which excites him..

"Everyone involved so far gets it", Palmiotti says. "As far as success, the audience decides that…all we can do is the best job possible."


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