While comic book villains have a bit of a reputation for being two-dimensional and cackling over their evildoing, some of them see themselves as the good guys and believe that putting a stop to upstart vigilantes and so-called superheroes is what's best for mankind. According to a newly released character description, Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk (A.K.A. The Kingpin) in upcoming Netflix series Daredevil will be the latter sort.
D'Onofrio is the third actor to play the Kingpin on screen, preceded by Jonathan Rhys-Davies and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. The full-length trailer and promotional stills for Daredevil have teased the arrival of Hell's Kitchen's powerful crime lord, but the latest official stills have offered our first good look at D'Onofrio in the role.
In Marvel comics, Wilson Fisk is traditionally depicted as being as wide as he is tall - sometimes even wider - with an obese physique that conceals immense strength. D'Onofrio told USA Today that he gained 30 pounds for the role, bringing him up to an intimidating 280 pounds at 6 foot 3 inches tall.
"I wanted him to have an appearance of being super-powerful so that when he throws a punch, it's a major punch. There's a lot of weight behind it," the actor explained, making it clear that the Kingpin won't be afraid to get physical if the situation calls for it. Check out the first images of D'Onofrio in character below.
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Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is the show's hero: a blind attorney whose four remaining senses are extremely heightened, and who decides to use his abilities to fight crime and injustice as the masked vigilante Daredevil. The character's red, horned costume from the comics doesn't exactly make him look like one of the good guys, though, and his utilitarian black outfit in the show isn't much better. Perhaps because of this, the official character description for Kingpin indicates that not only does Wilson Fisk see himself as the good guy and Daredevil as the bad guy, some of the people of Hell's Kitchen are inclined to agree with him.
The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has one mission in mind: to save Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter the cost. This immediately puts him at odds with Matt Murdock’s vigilante alter-ego, who also seeks to protect the city – but sees the criminal element as the root of the city’s problems.
Central to this conflict is that Fisk truly believes he’s doing good for Hell’s Kitchen and at times may seem more of a hero to its people than Daredevil. Intelligent, complex and physically imposing, Wilson Fisk is the perfect foil for Matt Murdock, and the two will collide dramatically in Marvel’s Daredevil.
Fisk certainly sounds like a formidable enemy for Murdock, and according to D'Onofrio the character's volatility makes him someone you definitely wouldn't want to stand too close to: "In one sentence [he] could easily go from being a child to a monster, depending on where his emotions take him."
Daredevil comes to Netflix on April 10th, 2015.
Source: USA Today
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