What is it about men and women in tight spandex that gets Brett Ratner’s destructive juices flowing? First he drove the X-Men franchise straight into the ground with the silly, over-the-top shenanigans of X-Men: Last Stand, and now he’s signed on to ruin direct another comic book movie about a team of superheroes.
Per Variety, Ratner will be helming Youngblood, based on the comic series created by Rob Liefeld, about a superhero team sanctioned and employed by the US government. “Most of the great graphic novels are gone,” Ratner says. “‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential. It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted it.” Ok Brett. Whatever you say.
I’m not familiar with “Youngblood” but a quick glance at it’s Wikipedia page shows that the comic has had a troubled history. (Although being Wikipedia, this may all be bullshit.) It appears Liefeld has started multiple incarnations of the series only to see many of them end prematurely. He did bring Alan Moore onboard in 1998 for one of the many revamp attempts resulting in a storyline as dark, adult, and self aware as anything in Moore’s own “Watchmen.” There’s no word yet as to which storyline from the comics Ratner’s movie will trash.
Have you read Youngblood? Does Ratner’s involvement make you cringe?