Youngblood the Movie

With thanks to Collex for pointing this out, apparently Brett Ratner (the genius behind "X-Men: Last Stand" or, as I like to call him, the Joel Schumacher of the X-Men franchise) is slated to direct the movie version of Rob Liefeld's "Youngblood".

My favorite quote is "Ratner told Variety that “Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and ‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comicbooks left.”

In other words, all the good comics have been taken, so now we're stuck doing this crappy one.

Judging by "Last Stand", Ratner is the perfect director for a Liefeld property, with his innate grasp of all things flashy and shiny and disdain for anything approaching a coherent narrative or compelling character. Because the lesson to take from the mega-success of the Dark Knight film series is that stories and people don't matter, just flashy gadgets, babes with big boobs, and lots of violence. Right.

I can't decide if this news makes my day or ruins it, but I appreciate Collex pointing it out.

12 Responses to Youngblood the Movie

  1. Yeah, I just caught the news on the SuperHeroHype website:

    “Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and ‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comic books left with TENTPOLE POTENTIAL,” Ratner told the trade. “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.”

    But HERE’s even better news from IMDB.com …:

    “After years of working together at Image, Rob quit/Image fired him and he went off with Joseph Loeb III (writer of Commando and producer of Firestorm) and Scott Rosenberg (developer of Men In Black) and founded Awesome Entertainment. Now an independent success, Liefeld has several films in the works through his company: Avengelyne, Badrock, Prophet, and The Mark.”

    Tentpole potential indeed, or a flaccid future for the superhero genre at theatres worldwide? Maybe Prophet had this planned for 2012 after all… We’re doomed.

  2. Yeah, that was the worst of the three X-Men movies. I don’t know who’s doing Wolverine, I hope it doesn’t get messed up.

    And now on to Youngblood. I know that Liefeld’s artwork sucks, but I don’t think the characters will have those over-the-top costumes. The outfits will probably be toned down so that the actors don’t topple over. Ofcourse it could be a 100% CGI movie, that way, the characters would be able to break their own bones, have two left/right feet and a shitload of extra muscles.

  3. It is going to have to be all CGI. I haven’t heard of any actors with two left feet.

  4. DJ, you stole my thunder. Well played, sir!

  5. Thank you! 😀

  6. Agreed, well played DJ!

  7. Now if only this was a caption contest! X_X

  8. Frankie, you forgot the ‘no feet’ option.

  9. EnderX: I did not. It’s at the end of my last sentence inbetween broken bones and extra muscles, I actually beat DJ to the feet comment.

  10. So you did. I lose. 🙁

  11. But my friends, don’t you see? We all were on the same accord– “great minds think alike”, and what have you. We’re all winners!

  12. No Joshua! For you are wrong you see? Because while we may think alike we ignored his post. HE said it first for he is thy winner. And I must take the walk of shame…*walks off like the end of the Incredible Hulk TV series*