With Blood Wars, Underworld gets another installment in the franchise, that perhaps could also be the last movie of the franchise. The series follows a female protagonist, Selene, played by Kate Beckinsale, who is a female vampire and her long, arduous war against Lycan, which is a clan for werewolves. The upcoming installment of the franchise follows Selena once again, as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James, Maze Runner) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Underworld is another welcome example of a blockbuster movie that revolves around a female protagonist, who is no damsel in distress indeed. Instead she can save some guy’s ass easily and care no two hoots about kicking a few more asses. Hollywood has been a front runner in celebrating the action “heroines” right from The Bride (Kill Bill) to Lara Croft to Charlie’s Angel’s to of course Catwoman. Now we also have Deepika Padukone who will take on Vin Diesel in the upcoming xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Priyanka Chopra taking on the villain’s role in Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch reboot (though she was already seen kicking American asses in Quantico). But before we get to them, let’s look at 5 other female characters in recent Hollywood blockbusters who have been kicking some serious ass and looked really good doing so.
Selene – Underworld series
Underworld franchise as a whole might have its fair share of detractors. But you cannot deny the fact that it had a sexy, ass-kicking heroine in Selene, a vampire who is a whole lot hotter than the Twilight vampires put together.
Black Widow – Marvel Cinematic Universe
We don’t know whether we will be in luck to see a Black Widow solo movie in our life time. However, Scarlett Johannson as the manipulative, seductive Russian spy agent, with a history of black exploits and killer code name, is having too much fun playing the game with the boys, Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk, that we wonder how Avengers could exist without her.
Selina Kyle – Batman series
First played by Michelle Pfeiffer and later by Anne Hathway (We will ignore the fact that Halle Berry’s horrendous movie Catwoman existed), Catwoman is a perfect anti-hero to the broody Batman. She knows how to push the right buttons when it comes to the Dark Knight, can take on any foe that comes in her way and can even have a change of heart at will. You have to remember that it was Selina Kyle who finally took down Bane, and not Batman, in The Dark Knight Rises.
Lara Croft – Tomb Raider
One of the very few successful video game adaptations, Angelina Jolie portrays every gamer’s dream heroine – who can look sexy even while kicking ass. Now that the franchise is going for a reboot, we do hope they cast someone who can match upto Angelina’s sass.
Wonder Woman – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Very few will argue that Wonder Woman was one of the rare few best things about this year’s biggest disappointment from DC stable. Not only is Gal Gadot the perfect casting, she also has an awesome theme song. We can’t wait for her upcoming solo flick that will release next year.