Ass-kicking comic heroine Painkiller Jane coming to the big screen

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen much from the comic-book heroine Painkiller Jane outside the printed arena, but now it sounds like the superhuman vigilante is coming to the big screen.

Jane, a cop-turned-vigilante who gains an extreme healing factor and pain threshold after being captured and tortured during an undercover operation gone wrong, has been kicking around since 1996 at Image Comics. The character also recently had a buzzy, sell-out relaunch with a book at Dynamite Entertainment.

Now horror directors the Soska Sisters (American Mary) have signed on to helm an “indie action thriller” film adaptation. The duo will be working with comic creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada, as well as Solipsist Films’ Stephen L'Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) in a producing role.

Outside of the comic sphere, the last brush the general public had with Painkiller Jane came in the form of a SCI FI Channel made-for-TV movie in 2005 starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, plus a short-lived series in 2007 with Kristanna Loken in the title role. Moving on ...

In case you’re wondering, this is awesome for a couple of reasons. The first, obviously, is that a great comic is getting a shot at big-screen glory. The second is that this’ll be one of the rare female-led comic adaptations — and it’ll serve as a great testing ground to show studios that female heroes can really anchor their own movies. You know, assuming this flick doesn’t suck.

So are you glad to hear the series is coming to the big screen? Any particular story arc you’d like to see incorporated?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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