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In a move that may show how completely out-of-touch Brett Ratner is with what's considered cool in the world of comic books, the X-Men: The Last Stand director is attached to make a movie out of Rob Liefeld's critically panned but bestselling comic book series from the 1990s, Youngblood.
The cinematic rights to Liefeld's Youngblood were bought by Indian development company Reliance Big Entertainment for -- and I can't believe this figure but Variety is reporting it -- the mid-six figures. That's a lot of money to pay for a comic book that doesn't have that big a following.
"Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comicbooks left with tentpole potential," Ratner told the publication, seemingly completely unaware that the original Youngblood was one of the most reviled comics of its time. "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."
Youngblood centers on a group of superpowered costumed heroes who are endorsed by the United States government and serve as an official strike force for America. Since the publication of its first issue in 1992 there have been four different Youngblood series, with the latest incarnation beginning last year and currently up to its eighth issue. Liefeld brought the title back to its original home at Image Comics last year and in the latest issue out this month has a story that he both illustrated and penned. Nevertheless, Liefeld is still attracting controversy amongst the fanbase: for an example, read this thread on Newsarama and see what people are saying. Don't say that I didn't warn you.