ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

In a market with more comic book movies being made than ever before, each needs to come across as new and fresh in order to be successful.

That means exploring different genres, themes, tones and diversity of characters.

Enter "Painkiller Jane".

Not only is there a possibility the fast-healing female might beat rumored/confirmed "Black Widow", "Mystique", "Ms. Marvel" and "Black Widow" super-heroine solo films to the big screen, but it is guaranteed to have a different tone than those films or any other.

Why? Hot horror directors Jen and Sylvia Soska are co-directing the film.

According to Sylvia Soska, she is determined to get co-creator Jimmy Palmiotti's vision for the character translated as purely as possible from page to screen - something the character's previous live-action incarnations were found lacking to varying degrees.

"Jane's sexuality and balls are on the page (and) that's not going to change", says Sylvia Soska. "The only injustice to a character like this, is if you change her from the source material that she comes from. As a comic nerd, I am so disappointed when I see that in big screen adaptations."

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.

"These comics are popular because people like it, don't go in there and change shit around for no reason", Sylvia Soska finished telling me. "I wanna see an honest to goodness version of the graphic novel, not some watered down shit."

"Painkiller Jane" is set to hit theaters in 2015


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