The Internet's favorite punching bag, Brett Ratner, has found his passion project. According to Variety, he's set to direct Rob Liefield's series Youngblood for Reliance Big Entertainment and Julia Roberts' shingle, Red Om Films.

Says Ratner: "Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comicbooks left with tentpole potential. It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted [it], but the amazing thing about the guys at Reliance is the speed with which they're able to move."

I can't claim to be a comic book expert by any stretch of the imagination -- but when the great graphic novels are bandied about, I'm pretty sure that Youngblood is never among them. (Even if Alan Moore did pen some of it.) Maybe there's a circle where it beats out Watchmen, but I've never encountered it. Now, if there's a discussion of worst or most forgettable superhero comics, that's probably where you'd find Youngblood.

The series centers on a group of superheroes who are co-opted by the government, and treated like celebrities. A poor man's X-Men / Avengers kind of thing. That said, you can be of two minds about this deal: You can share the general lament that so much money will be wasted on something so lousy. Or you can be glad that Youngblood is Ratner's passion project, and not one of the "great graphic novels." I'll leave you to contemplate how easily it could have been that other book Alan Moore wrote.