You can’t have Batman without the Joker, Superman without Lex Luthor, and you can’t have a Daredevil TV show without at some point casting the Kingpin.
To wit, Marvel has cast Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin of Crime in their upcoming 13-episode Netflix TV show. Charlie Cox was previously cast as the lead, blind attorney-by-day Matt Murdock and superhero crimefighter Daredevil by night.
It’s interesting that the bad guy has such a pedigree, whereas we don’t know anything at all about Cox, who is playing the lead. D’Onofrio (“Full Metal Jacket”) is probably best known for his movie work, but he did previously spend a long stint on TV with one of those “Law and Order” TV shows, so this isn’t a first for him.
In the comics, the Kingpin runs all of crime in New York and is usually the man behind all the bad things happening in the city. But while he likes to pull strings from the shadows, he can also get physical, as he’s a huge bloke. He and Daredevil are the opposite of BFF, so expect D’Onofrio to stick around for a long, long time.
The Netflix “Daredevil” will follow “the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.”
“Spartacus'” Steven S. DeKnight recently took over showrunning duties on the show from Drew Goddard, with “Daredevil” scheduled to debut on the online streaming service sometime net year.