Vincent D’Onofrio may be looking to join the DC Extended Universe, saying that he would accept a role in the shared universe if one was offered to him. Warner Bros. has numerous DC Comics projects in the works, and rumors (however outlandish) have suggested that they plan on releasing three to four of those movies per year in the near future. If that happens, then audiences could become inundated with dozens of new characters, and those characters need people to portray them on the big screen.
It’s no secret that comic book movies have become all the rage in Hollywood in recent years, particularly as more movie studios start to develop their own shared universes, and virtually every actor and actress wants a piece of the action. Some people have campaigned for specific roles (and continue to do so) — such as Tyrese Gibson playing Green Lantern, Anna Kendrick playing Squirrel Girl, and Katheryn Winnick playing Black Canary — while others have merely said that they would accept a role if it was offered to them. Vincent D’Onofrio falls into that latter category.
D’Onofrio has played many different types of characters over the years, though he has most recently achieved fame among comic book fans for portraying the supervillain Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, in both seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil series. Although he’s not currently in the running for another comic book role, particularly within the DC Extended Universe, the actor says that he would accept a role in Warner Bros.’ burgeoning shared universe if one was offered to him.
Years ago, it would have been considered blasphemous for an actor part of one shared universe to suddenly join another studio’s comic book universe, though that’s something that seems to be happening more often nowadays. For instance, Michael B. Jordan played Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot and he’ll be making his MCU debut in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther next year. Then there’s Josh Brolin, who will be playing both Thanos in the MCU and Cable in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men universe next year. There is actually a host of actors and actresses who have made the jump from one franchise to another, many of whom have switched between Marvel and DC Comics properties.
D’Onofrio did an exceptional job portraying Kingpin during the first season of Daredevil, and briefly during the series’ second season, which makes him a prime candidate to play a similar villain within the DCEU. Since there are literally thousands of comic book characters out there, the actor can take a stab at any one of them. Considering his experience playing a real, grounded villain, perhaps he would be best suited to play one the villains in either the upcoming Batman, Batgirl, or Nightwing movies.
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