Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Series Casts Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin

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Daredevil, the first of Marvel Studios and Netflix’s upcoming TV series about superheroes based in Hell’s Kitchen (which shall culminate in a Defenders crossover mini-series), is slated to begin production on location in New York next month, which explains the recent influx of updates on The Man Without Fear’s live-action small screen debut.

First came the news that Steven S. DeKnight (Smallville, Spartacus) has taken over show-runner duties from Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard (whose penned the first two episode of the Daredevil series) – and thereafter, Marvel announced that Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast as blind lawyer Matt Murdock by day, masked vigilante Daredevil by night. (Or maybe by day occasionally – being Daredevil isn’t exclusively a graveyard shift job.)

Everyone superhero needs an antagonist – and easily, the most famous of Daredevil’s is that of Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, who was previously brought to life onscreen in a memorable turn from the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Marvel Studios has officially confirmed that, in the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series, Fisk will be portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio – who, by the sound of it, will be playing a mostly traditional version of the Kingpin – described as “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen” brings him into conflict with Murdock – and his costumed alter ego.

Here is an official statement from Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb:

“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.”

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Vincent D’Onofrio in ‘Escape Plan’

D’Onofrio, pictured above in last year’s Sly Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger team-up action/thriller Escape Plan (not his best work, admittedly…), is an award-winning character actor and seasoned veteran of the small screen, famous for his longtime role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and performances in such films as Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, and The Cell – all featuring D’Onofrio playing smart, yet deranged killers, disgusting creatures, and/or characters who descend into madness. (He’s also playing an antagonist of sorts in next year’s Jurassic World.)

In short: if you want someone to play Wilson Fisk, D’Onofrio is as good a choice as any you could make right now. Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has described the upcoming Hell’s Kitchen Netflix series as being very much steeped in the neo-Noir genre, so expect D’Onofrio’s Kingpin to be quite the ruthless businessman. Maybe he’ll join Loki, among the ranks of Marvel Studios’ best villains to date.


Marvel’s 13-episode Daredevil series will premiere on Netflix in 2015.

Source: Marvel

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  1. Amazing choice !! Can not wait to see this !!!

  2. Such an awesome choice. I have loved this dude since Full Metal Jacket!!! He is a big framed dude and can put on some fatty bulk for the look. His acting chops are, needless to say, outstanding.

    • The chops he’ll need are pork chops, and lamb chops, to bulk up for the role. Still, no problems with the choice fro me. I am pumped for this show! Hope it shows alot of Daredevil’s agility in the special effects dept.!

      When we get to the Netflix Iron Fist segment, I think we’ll see some more chops as well: Karate chops!!

  3. I wonder if the studio doing Spiderman movies can use Kingpin as well (ala split studios using Quicksilver’s character)? I believe Kingpin is actually better known as a Spiderman villain than a DD one.

    • Actually Kingpin is better known as DD’s arch-nemesis. Yes, he has had (and still does from time to time) confrontations with Spidey and his first appearance was actually against Spidey, but he has been seen more up against DD than anyone else.

  4. Neo-noir? So this is going to be like True Detective?… Great. Damn Marvel to hell if they are not going to make it dark.

    • Actually, in the original DareDevil comic books the tone of the characters ARE dark & gritty.
      Especially during Frank Miller’s run at DD comicbook series . This new series is sticking with the canon. As an old school marvel fan, I appreciate that.

      • I would love them to get Frank Miller and Kevin Smith to direct an episode or two. ESPECIALLY Miller.

        • You hit the nail on the head! Get Frank Miller for Batman too! Christian Bale was miscast and Chris Nolan totally didn’t have a clue for the Dark Night.

          • Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil, which basically made his name, is brilliant–some of it may be too gritty depending what direction they are going (I assume they still want a PG 13 family audience like the other Marvel films) but some of it is definitely adapted and he’s largely responsible for the current canon (even if the unfortunate last Daredevil movie did use–poorly–his big Elektra arc as its basis.)

            Unfortunately, the man’s writing has become so nuts in the past 10-15 years, I’m not sure I’d want him near the series. We’ll also see how Sin City 2 does since he’s solo-directing it, I believe, but he only co-directed the first one, and when he wrote and directed the adaptation of The Spirit in the same style of Sin City it was a huge flop, and failed to capture the spirit of the comics.

      • The ‘original’ Daredevil comic books were no such thing. You may be referring to the revamp the character had by Frank Miller. Im sorry how dark and gritty can you get with stilt man and the enforcers and hoot hoot when they were first introduced.

        Not saying one is better then the other but there is a huge difference through the years with characters origins stories etc from the 60’s into the 70’s up to the 80’s when Miller took over.

        • Yeah, early Daredevil definitely wasn’t noir, neo or non. But I’d argue they were taking him that way before Miller joined on to do art and then started writing too where he went full on Noir (well as much as a mainstream superhero comic could at the time) something Miller even admits. But MacKenzie (who started before Miller and who Miller came on to pencil for and then took over) did make the whole thing much darker– And there would be much more of a backlash if they made a Daredevil reflecting the original run, than if they took on the Miller and after approach (which is arguably the first time Daredevil really became one of Marvel’s A list characters anyway (ironically right around the same time X-Men finally moved up from being one of their bottom titles to top as well.)

  5. Yeah totally great casting choice.
    I am amped for this series.
    Also the Dark and Gritty speaks to me, thats DD imo.
    Make mine Marvel Mofo!

  6. But I thought Kingpin was black.

    • I hope by the name you used, this is supposed to be a joke comment, LOL!
      Your comment did make me laugh though, it brought to my mind one of the great scenes from Lethal Weapon 2 when Danny Glover goes into the South African consulate and says he wants to emmigrate to there and later the Joe Pesci character is making fun of the guy saying “But you’re black?”.

  7. It could work…. (When D’Onofrio is miscast it’s always underwhelming, but when he’s put in the right role he’s freaking GOOD. I know he can do menacing, not sure if he’ll be able to carry the physical threat of the King Pin off though at his current age. Still not at all a deal breaker, can’t wait to see how this turns out.)

    *Tip of the cap to Micheal Clark Duncan though, he was one of the few great aspects of The feature film version. Totally had the physicality for the role, the voice, the menace, the whole package.

  8. His performance in Full Metal Jacket was good, but from what I’ve seen of him in Law & Order, he’s pretty stale. Sure, he’s won awards, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that every performance will be good. It can go either way, really.

    Also, to everyone pointing out the physical differences of King Pin and this guy should consider a few things. He’ll probably have a trainer to prepare for the role. And movie magic can make anyone look tall/short.

  9. He’s the guy in “The Cell” right? An interesting, but good choice for me. At least we know he could play a scary and menacing Kingpin. I do hope he does justice to the role :)

    He maybe a tad short, but there’s always Movie Magic to deal with these things.

    • I thought of his performance in The Cell as well. He’s also done some very strong stage work–where he first made his name.

  10. Don’t know much about the actor. Looks alright. I was actually rooting for Zlatko Buric all this while but it’s all good.