The promotion for Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil is beginning to ramp up, and today sees our first clear look at series antagonist Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin as played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black)
He looks about as Kingpin-like as any human is probably going to get. Here’s how Netflix describes the character:
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.
It sounds as though Fisk won’t necessarily be an outright villain from the start, but that goes in line with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight stating that Fisk will be portrayed sympathetically in this first season.
We’re just a little over a month away from the debut of Daredevil, which hits Netflix on April 10th.
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