Brett Ratner to Direct Youngblood Movie

Youngblood Comic BookYou can tell Variety has no idea about comic books when they refer to Rob Liefeld’s “Youngblood” comic books as an “iconic graphic novel”. Yeah, Variety, “Youngblood” is real “iconic”, which is why everyone who has ever bought a copy of it back “in the day” now pretends like they never heard of it. Anyways, some newbies named Reliance Big Entertainment have paid Liefeld and company a nice chunk of change for the movie rights to the comic book, and have handed it over to Brett Ratner to direct. Ratner seems pretty gung-ho about it. Either that, or he’s lamenting the fact that this is the only comic book he’s getting to direct. The Rat is enigmatic that way.

Variety reports thusly:

“Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and ‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comicbooks left with tentpole potential,” Ratner told Daily Variety. “It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted (‘Youngblood’), but the amazing thing about the guys at Reliance is the speed with which they’re able to move.”

If you didn’t read comic books in the ’90s, here’s a quick rundown of how “Youngblood” came about: a bunch of Marvel artists, including Liefeld, Jim lee, Todd McFarlane, and Marc Silvestri decided to abandon Marvel in a mass exodus to form their own company, Image Comics. They all created their original creations (which, mysteriously enough, seem to all kinda resemble the Marvel titles they were drawing when they left, but that’s another story), and that’s how “Youngblood” came about. As far as I can tell, the title stopped being printed for a while, before making a return last year.

The “Youngblood” comics weren’t entirely bad. That is, if you enjoyed poorly drawn anatomy and liked the fact that all the women look the same, sporting the same hairstyle and huge knockers, and all the guns in the comic tend to look like ridiculously overdrawn silver tubular objects. That’s “Youngblood” for ya in a nutshell.

Below: See those silver things they’re holding? Those are guns. No, really.

Youngblood Comic Book



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  • joe

    hopefully a fitting end to both the franchise and a noteworthy (horrid) director.

  • joe

    hopefully a fitting end to both the franchise and a noteworthy (horrid) director.

  • Angelmci01

    I agree about the horrid director, and even about the fact that most of the Youngblood crew were just bad remakes of Marvel characters. However, the storylines in Youngblood were actually pretty well done, but, then again, it’s been a while since I’ve read them. My opinion of the storyline probably would have changed between now and then. If you want to do a good Image comic as a movie, though, why not try for ShadowHawk?

  • Angelmci01

    I agree about the horrid director, and even about the fact that most of the Youngblood crew were just bad remakes of Marvel characters. However, the storylines in Youngblood were actually pretty well done, but, then again, it’s been a while since I’ve read them. My opinion of the storyline probably would have changed between now and then. If you want to do a good Image comic as a movie, though, why not try for ShadowHawk?

  • B.Blade

    most of the artist created the characters for marvel the reason why they left dumb ass is because they wanted to own what they created (the nerve of them) they where tired of seeing marvel and dc reap big licensing deals for the characters they created. learn more about the business before you go shooting off your business. hell I guess marvel and Dc have the lock on all the super powers as well huh…some of the characters in dc are so lame it hurts and marvel will always be my spot but I refuse to believe they can do no wrong…I am an artist and will always be on the artist side.

  • Hela

    YoungBlood was pretty cool had Spawn villains in it,plus DieHard is a awesome character.