In need of more female-led superhero movies? The Soska Sisters have got you covered: Jen and Sylvia Soska have signed up to direct a film adaptation of Painkiller Jane. The cult hit comic created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada features a cop who finds herself with “preternatural regenerating abilities and a high tolerance for pain” after being caught infiltrating a drug ring.
Jane’s been around before in a TV movie (with Emmanuelle Vaugier) and a miniseries (starring Kristanna Loken), but this will mark the first appearance of the super-powered cop on the big screen. Palmiotti has also signed on to produce the film.
The Soska Sisters would be the first female directors to lead a female-centric superhero movie since 1995’s Tank Girl (directed by Rachel Talalay), and considering the praise they received for American Mary, it’s not hard to be excited. Their portrayal of female sexuality in film could work wonderfully in Painkiller Jane, especially since Jane would also be the first LGBTQ female superhero on the big screen. With a team like this behind the project, I can’t help but be optimistic.