One of Matt Murdock's greatest enemies will join him on Marvel's Daredevil series next year.
We've been promised a "street level noir" vibe for Daredevil, Marvel's first foray into Netflix original programming, and when you're talking about Daredevil facing down evil in the streets of Hell's Kitchen, you're usually talking about his ongoing struggle with organized crime. When you talk organized crime in the New York City of the Marvel Universe, you can't help but think of the Kingpin, and now Marvel's found the man to bring the criminal mastermind to life.
Marvel announced today that Emmy-nominated actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Homicide: Life on the Street, Men In Black, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will play Wilson Fisk in the upcoming series, alongside Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining 'Marvel’s Daredevil' in such an integral role,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero."
Marvel's announcement never mentions the name "Kingpin," Fisk's villain moniker, and describes the character as "a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil." The comic-book version of Fisk is well known for hiding behind his legitimate businesses and often letting others do his dirty work, though, so perhaps we'll see D'Onofrio playing the more shadowy side of the character. Or perhaps we'll see his transformation into the Kingpin.
Whatever path the character's story takes in the 13-episode series, D'Onofrio seems like a great choice for the role. He's got a gift for transformation onscreen, and anyone familiar with his work knows that he can definitely bring a physically intimidating presence to the party. What do you think? Did Marvel pick the right man?
Dardedevil, led by showrunner Steven S. DeKnight and writer and executive producer Drew Goddard, will arrive on Netflix sometime next year.