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 Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein (Underworld: Awakening). Writers for the series include Kevin Grevious, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride. The first film, Underworld, was released on September 19th 2003, and the second film, Underworld: Evolution, was released on January 20th 2006. A prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, was released on January 23rd 2009. A fourth film, Underworld: Awakening, was released on January 20th 2012.
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, the man'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 have the Death Dealers, Vampire warriors charged with hunting the Lycan enemy to extinction. There are three Vampire Elders. Rules and tradition demand that two 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.
Legends tell of a third bloodline, a third mortal son of Corvinus, leading a few to believe that an exact duplicate of the original virus lay hidden away in his genetic code, passed along to his descendants through the centuries, and that virus may be the key to combine the bloodlines to create a Hybrid of their species.
- Main article: Underworld
Underworld: Evolution (2006)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Evolution
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Underworld: Awakening (2012)Edit
- Main article: Underworld: Awakening
|Underworld: Rise of the Lycans|
|Underworld||Underworld: Evolution||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Underworld: Awakening|
|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||
|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.
In July 2003, Sony contracted with Black Widow Games for the production of Underworld: Bloodline (a Half Life mod).
A shoot'em up video game based on the first film was released for Playstation 2 and X-box consoles in 2004. It is entitled Underworld: The Eternal War.