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Brett Ratner To Adapt 'Youngblood' For The Big Screen

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Posted February 9, 2009 - By Joseph Baxter

It seems that director Brett Ratner has plans to adapt Rob Liefield's comic title, Youngblood for the big screen. The team-based title about a group of government-sanctioned superheroes was the launch title for Image comics in 1992. According to Ratner:

"Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential," Ratner continues, "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."

It is a bit difficult to have a true reaction to this. For me, Youngblood once represented an entirely new era of comics. For comic geeks at the time, Image comics defined the summer of '92 in its initial launch as something free from the constraints of the comics code or executives. It was ideally supposed to be a collection of the greatest pencillers who ever lived combined with the independent spirit. Well, it didn't quite turn out that way.

The storylines were (mostly) generic carbon-copy team titles, the character art (while excellent) resembled the Marvel predecessors of the artists' work, and then there were the delays. (Youngblood #1 was released in April, and I think Liefield pumped out a whole 4 issues that entire year.) So, Youngblood, in spite of a later break from Image and an attempt by Alan Moore to reinvent it, never quite measured up to the greats.

Now, we have Brett Ratner (the man who butchered X-Men 3) ready to tackle another adaptation of a team-based title. Well, he at least, will not have hardcore fans breathing down his neck, testifying about the "purity of the Youngblood canon." He can pretty much do what he wants here.

The difficulty in reacting to this probably stems from an indifference to the source material, combined with the general bad taste left in everyone's mouths from X3. The knee-jerk reaction would be: "Oh, no, Ratner's going to ruin it!" Then, it hits you that "it" is referring to Youngblood; the "big biceps, big boobs, and big guns" brainchild of Rob Liefield aka: "Mr. Button-Fly Jeans" (PLEASE someone get that reference.) At that point, the reaction is "Oh? Whatever."

Who knows? Maybe Ratner can suprise us and make something of this.

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