The Underworld series is a series of Vampire/Werewolf films directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution), Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), and Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (Underworld: Awakening). Writers for the series include Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride. The first film, Underworld, was released on September 19, 2003, and the second film, Underworld: Evolution, was released on January 20, 2006. A prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, was released on January 23, 2009. A fourth film, Underworld: Awakening, was released on January 20, 2012. A fifth film, Underworld: Blood Wars will be released on January 6, 2017 with Cory Goodman writing and Anna Foerster directing.
In the Underworld universe, Vampires and Lycans are not malevolent supernatural creatures, but rather the product of a virus; unlike Vampires of other more 'traditional' works, Underworld Vampires are not supernatural in origin. Also, some Vampire relics and amulets featured in the movies are cross-shaped, and they show no aversion to Jesus’ name, which is heard a few times throughout the narrative.
In the 5th century, a man named Alexander Corvinus was the only survivor of a plague that wiped out his village. Somehow, Alexander's body was able to turn the disease to his own benefit and so he became the first true Immortal. Later, he fathered two sons who became the first Vampire and Lycan by being bitten by a bat and a wolf.
Vampires vs. LycansEdit
Since that time, a war has broken out. The Lycans were enslaved by the Vampires, used as guardians of their lairs during the daylight hours, but they revolted in the 15th century. Both sides have their own lair and chain of command. Vampires are ruled by the three Vampire Elders, who command an army of Vampire warriors known as the Death Dealers. Rules and tradition demand that two Vampire Elders be at rest while one is awake; this arrangement calls for each Elder to rule for one century followed by two centuries of sleep. By the beginning of the 21st century, the Lycans are almost completely wiped out, but a Vampire regent has his own plans, which end up spinning the war out of control and disrupting the chain of command on both sides.
A third mortal son of Corvinus was able to pass down the dormant form of the original virus through his descendants. One of the third son's descendants, Michael Corvin, is not only able to survive the bite of one immortal species, but his rare bloodstrain is able to imbibe and combine both the Vampire and Lycan virus strains due to this mutation, allowing him to become a Hybrid – a full blending of the two Immortal species.
Other Hybrids are later created by using the blood of Michael's daughter, Eve,which grants the user with greater strength and size, as well as an immunity to silver. Hybrids appear in every installment of the series except for Rise of the Lycans.
- Main article: Underworld
A vigilant Death Dealer named Selene seeks to discover the reason why the Lycans are searching for a mysterious human named Michael Corvin. In the process, she uncovers centuries of lies and deception within her own Coven, and comes to find herself torn between her duty to the Vampires and her emotions as she falls in love with Michael.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Evolution
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
A prequel set six centuries before the events of Underworld, Rise of the Lycans details the romance between Lycan slave Lucian and Vampire princess Sonja. Their struggle leads to an all-out war between the Vampires and Lycans that lasts for several centuries.
Underworld: Awakening (2012)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Awakening
Twelve years after being caught by human soldiers, Selene awakens to find that humans have nearly wiped out both the Vampire and Lycan species. To stop the Lycans from using her daughter, Eve, as a means to enhance the strength of Lycans, Selene teams up with fellow Vampire David and a human detective to destroy the powerful biotech corporation, Antigen.
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Blood Wars
To be added
Len Wiseman mentioned plans of a sixth Underworld film, possibly including Kate Beckinsale as Selene.
|Underworld||Underworld: Evolution||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Underworld: Awakening||Underworld: Blood Wars|
|Alexander Corvinus||Derek Jacobi|
|Andreas Tanis||Steven Mackintosh|
|Kraven||Shane Brolly (Narration only in Rise of The Lycans)|
|Marcus Corvinus||Tony Curran|
|Michael Corvin||Scott Speedman||Scott Speedman (archive footage and stand-in)||Trent Garrett|
|Raze||Kevin Grevioux||Kevin Grevioux|
|Selene||Kate Beckinsale (Narration only in Rise of The Lycans)|
|Sonja||Jázmin Dammak||Rhona Mitra|
|William Corvinus||Brian Steele|
In other mediaEdit
There have been various spin-offs and tie-ins in a range of other media.
IDW Publishing has published a number of Underworld comics, most recently announcing that Kevin Grevioux would write the comic adaptation of Rise of the Lycans.
In addition to the novelizations of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, an original novel (a non-canon spin-off), Blood Enemy, has been published. All three are authored by Greg Cox, who has also authored the novelization to the third film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
A shoot'em up video game based on the first film was released for PlayStation 2 in 2004. It is entitled Underworld: The Eternal War.
A multiplayer Flash game was created to promote Underworld: Evolution.
There is talk that a TV series set in the Underworld mythos is in the works.
There is a three-part anime movie set in the Underworld mythos as well, called Underworld: Endless War.
|Films||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Underworld - Underworld: Evolution - Underworld: Awakening - Underworld: Blood Wars|
|Topics||Death Dealer - Hybrid - Lycan - Vampire - Corvinus Strain - Human - Immortal - Werewolf - Vampire Elder|
|Publishings||Underworld: Evolution comic - Underworld: Red in Tooth and Claw - Underworld: Evolution novel - Underworld novel - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans novel - Underworld comic - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans comic - Blood Enemy|
|Animation||Underworld: Endless War|
|Soundtracks||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Underworld - Underworld: Evolution - Underworld: Awakening|
|Scores||Underworld - Underworld: Evolution - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - Underworld: Awakening|