Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD has been optioned for a possible movie, possibly directed by Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR, X-MEN 3):

The company paid mid six figures for the rights to “Youngblood,” about a superhero team sanctioned and overseen by the U.S. government.

“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.”

Be afraid; be very afraid.


  1. Yes, most of the great graphic novels ARE gone!!!

    My copy of “Fun Home” just vanished the other day.
    Not to mention all copies of “Klezmer” and “Three Shadows.” They are no place
    to be found!

    I called my local comic store and they confirmed it.
    “Yes, most of the great graphic novels are gone.” The store owner told me straight out. “Thank god we still have some copies of Young Blood!” he continued. “We had 20
    copies, but Brett Ratner bought a copy so…we have …19 copies now…no no wait! Brett just brought his copy back. Yep we have 20 copies of Young Blood!”

  2. He means that most graphic novels have had their rights purchased already. I dont see how Youngblood will be any more or less ridiculous than X-men , FF or JLA. All superpowered people running around in costume.

  3. Wow.
    I know people really loved it when it came out but I didn’t really think of it as something that people CONTINUED to love. It seems like one of those bad hangover things that earned itself a hit at the time but, upon reflection, we all just sort of forgot about it.
    Like Taylor Dayne.
    And Rambo III
    And Kickers, Inc.

  4. Actually? This is kind of perfect.

    I mean, I have no interest in it whatsoever, but if ever there were a perfect pairing of comic creator and director, it would be Liefeld and Ratner.

  5. Wasn’t this title only ever seen as being good when Alan Moore was writing it? I swear I saw Alan Moore watching me from a Watchmen poster. Can you even imagine what will happen when he takes over the world, how unimaginably weird everything will get.

    I can’t wait (for Moore’s takeover – I’d like to push Brett Ratner down the stairs)

  6. I want Rob’s guest appearance in this movie, to be him, doing his jeans commercial look!

    Or at least of a standby-impossibly anatomied Captain Ameriboobs.

  7. Sheesh! Such cheap shots…

    I say: good for Rob Liefeld. Let Liefeld and Ratner have some fun and make a movie. Seriously, it’s only a movie. And it might be better than “Spawn”. I mean, I’d rather watch X-Men3 than “Spawn”.

    In a couple of years “Youngblood the Movie”‘ll be shown over and over on FX and people will have moved on. Relax, people. It’s all OK.

  8. Ratner makes popcorn movies, and proud of it. Sure movies like that don’t aim very high and are mostly forgettable, but who here hasn’t ever been in the mood for a popcorn movie now and then. It just might be as someone said the perfect pairing. And wow I guess this Hollywood thing is working out for Rob eventually afterall… I started feeling kinda bad for Rob despite not being that familiar with him, his situation nor his work.
    I never thought I would be defending mainstream… I guess, if everyone had been thrilled about this -I would have gone in the other direction… let’s hope so anyway:)

  9. I would see this so many times if every shot was just a recreation of a shot from a better movie. Like the comics.

    Imagine Diehard and Badrock doing a scene from Citizen Kane.

  10. Ratner either has 1) been given bad advice, 2) poor taste in comics, 3) poor taste in movies, or 4) all of the above.

  11. How come no one from the Beat is talking about how we should all wait until seeing the movie to pass judgement? Or does that rule only apply to friends of the Beat? Like Frank Miller.

  12. I can answer that for you, snoid – it’s because Youngblood was the absolute worst comic book series ever made..

    You wants to see a movie based on a shitty comic book?