Vincent D’Onofrio Will Menace Daredevil as The Kingpin

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Daredevil and Kingpin Comic Book

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.

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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.

Vincent D'Onofrio in Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013) Movie Image

“Wait, so the blind guy is my archenemy? I’m confused…”

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  • Debo4735

    Vincent D’ Onofrio is perfect for this part. Did anyone see him in Fire with Fire? He played this psycho Aryan mob boss with high connections.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    PERFECT!!! I would’ve never thought of him but damned, it’s just perfect. And this pic is spot on

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Well he’s a little small, but nothing a body suit can’t fix. Other than that he’s an excellent choice.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Small? Have you seen this guy WITHOUT the weight he’d easily, and already has put on? Here check This one too

      • Brent McKnight

        I had the same initial reaction, but while he’s not Fisk massive (who is?), he’s still pretty good size. He’s 6’4″, and you’re right, he’s shown a willingness to get big for a role (he got up to 280 for a part before). That was my only misgiving, and there are ways to film around that and make him look even bigger! I can’t think of a better casting. He’s always good, and will bring an awesome strangeness to the role.

        • Aegon the Conqueror

          I’ve only really seen like in really seen him on Law and Order and I can’t remember him being that big. That being said, you two have me convinced.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Watch an episode again. He almost towers over everyone. 6’4″ and he can gain the weight. But glad we’ve turned you to the dark side.

          • Brent McKnight

            That show is a good example of how they can make him look normal sized, and Daredevil can use similar techniques to make him look massive. And he looks awesome with a shaved head.

  • 0ptik

    I always thought Stephen Marcus would have been a good fit for Kingpin. He’s got the size and has been in fights in movies. (which i would love to see that part of Fisk)

    D’Onofrio definitely has the presence and is a pretty good choice.