After teasing Kingpin’s appearance in a number of production stills, Daredevil has finally unveiled their big, bad Marvel villain…
Vincent D’Onofrio stars as industrialist Wilson Fisk – a man so terrifying that the criminals of New York City don’t dare to utter his name. And it’s this mountain of a man who will be Matt Murdock’s antagonist in the upcoming Daredevil TV series… much like the comic books.
And these new images give us a brief glimpse of what we can expect.
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Revealed over at USA Today, the Kingpin is clearly a force to be reckoned with, and it looks as though Daredevil – played by Charlie Cox – has his work cut out for him.
But while Fisk isn’t an exact replica of the Kingpin from the comic books, it looks as though we can expect some rather interesting differences between Kingpin and Daredevil… and how they each take on the criminal underworld in their beloved city.
“Executive producer Steven DeKnight says Daredevil is as much an origin story of a complex antagonist as it is a portrait of do-gooder lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and his masked secret identity.”
But what could D’Onofrio tell us about his imposing character?
“I just brought in this kind of character who in one sentence could easily go from being a child to a monster, depending on where his emotions take him,” he said. Studying the comic books to understand the “whole feeling and mood” of the character, D’Onofrio shaved his head and piled on around 30 pounds to become the monolithic villain.
“I wanted him to have an appearance of being super-powerful so that when he throws a punch, it’s a major punch,” D’Onofrio explained. “There’s a lot of weight behind it.”
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Of course, executive producer Steven DeKnight is more than happy with how D’Onofrio approached the role… and it looks as though this interesting take on the classic Marvel villain might end up pleasing the fans.
“He had a passion and an understanding of what we were trying to do, of making it a very grounded, gritty, realistic show,” said DeKnight. “Here is an actor who’s really thinking about it on not only a character depth but a visual depth that I really loved.”
The entire Daredevil series heads to Netflix on 10 April 2015.
What do you think of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin? Will he be able to top Michael Clark Duncan? Let us know what you think in the comments below…