Vincent D’Onofrio Joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Series as Crime Boss Kingpin

By June 10, 2014

Now that Netflix’s Marvel series based on the comic book “Daredevil” has Charlie Cox in place as the titular blind superhero and a new showrunner to guide it to the streaming service, it’s time to line up the supporting characters.

Marvel has just announced that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” star and Men in Black villain Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as Wilson Fisk, also known as the crime boss Kingpin in the comic book series. However, it sounds like this first season of the show won’t exactly have him in place as the bad guy in the way we might expect.

The press release from Marvel describes Fisk as “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.” So maybe at first Fisk only seems to be a legal adversary before turning into a threat to Daredevil’s life.

There’s also some publicity fluff from Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television saying:

We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role. Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.

Kingpin - Michael Clarke Duncan

The Kingpin has only been brought to life on the big screen by the late Michael Clarke Duncan, which created some dissension among senseless comic book fans who couldn’t see past the color of the actor’s skin. Otherwise, he’s been seen on plenty of animated Marvel series and has appeared in several comic book arcs, including causing problems for other heroes like Spider-Man.

The question is whether Kingpin will be the kind of villain that pops up in the other Netflix series that will follow Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, all leading up to “The Defenders.” More than likely Kingpin could end up being an integral behind the scenes figure who puppets some of the other villains that might pop up in any of these series. It would certainly make sense, considering all of those shows are going to be taking place in New York City.

D’Onofrio is a bit of an oddball, with some strange acting quirks, but he’s proven to be very intimidating in films like Men in Black and The Cell, so this should be a rather interesting role for him to tackle. There’s likely more casting coming soon, and “Daredevil” is slated to premiere sometime in 2015.

What do you think about D’Onofrio as Kingpin?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.