Kate Beckinsale Thinks A Surprising Star Could Have Saved Underworld
Kate Beckinsale inserted her Instagram famous cat into the Underworld movie and claimed he would have saved the franchise.
If there are two things in the world that are most associated with Kate Beckinsale, it’s her Instagram famous cat (Clive) and the Underworld franchise. Well, now that the famed Underworld actress has put together a new image of a star that could have saved the entire franchise, at least according to her. Beckinsale recreated the iconic poster for the first Underworld movie, along with Clive as a bat, which you can see below:
Kate Beckinsale is still standing on the edge of a roof just like in the original Underworld poster, but instead of a gun, she is holding the kennel needed to hold Clive. Also, we see the usual backdrop of bats in the background, but a much more superimposed version of Bat Clive. While the image is certainly hilarious, we are not sure if Bat Clive would have been enough to save the franchise from going under.
Back when Kate Beckinsale starred in the first Underworld, the cinema-loving community had fallen head over heels in love with her portrayal of Selene. The raging war between the vampires and the Lycans was something that fans could not get enough of. Currently, the first movie holds a paltry 31% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but a much better 79% audience rating.
Kate Beckinsale and Underworld was certainly a hit, as everyone got to see the British actress take on the role of a vampire not seen yet. Though most of the vampire movies that preceded it dealt with the pain of immortality and feeding, Underworld was about action and secret war. The first movie would go on to secure a box office draw of $95 million against a budget of $22 million, leading to a sequel.
Kate Beckinsale was asked to return in Underworld 2, which yielded similar results. Selene and the half-breed, Michael, were on a quest to discover the secrets behind the war that had been raging for centuries between the vampires and the Lycans. Underworld: Evolution holds a 17% critic approval rating, with a much better 72% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, nearly identical to its predecessor. The sequel would gross an even better $111 million box office draw against a budget of $26 million, leading to the third movie.
It could have been the prequel attempt that sunk the entire franchise, as Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was released, which detailed more about the life of the vampires and Lycans before they began their bloody war. The movie showed a younger Selene, but only briefly. One thing that people wanted to see was Kate Beckinsale, especially in Underworld, and the third entry only ruined that aspect.
The fourth movie would finally bring back Kate Beckinsale, and Underworld: Awakening was quite good. The world was now aware of Lycans and vampires, and humanity was attempting to eradicate both, with Selene right back in the middle to defend her race. However, it was after this movie came out that people stopped caring about this given style. Underworld: Blood Wars was released, and essentially told the same story as the first one, complete with Selene trying to stop the vampire and Lycan war.
It could have been because the Twilight franchise was released, and everyone saw a new and shiny type of vampire, that everyone stopped caring about Kate Beckinsale and Underworld. Still, bringing in her cat to reboot the franchise might work out.