Not gonna lie: nothing about Netflix’s Daredevil show has been the least bit promising — not the casting, not the changing of showrunner (a huge step backward for the show), nothing. Until now.
Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as a Wilson Fisk, Daredevil’s primary villain. Fisk — aka the Kingpin — was played by Michael Clarke Duncan in the much-maligned Ben Affleck film from 2003. Duncan was intimidating but sort of endearing, his baritone bombast and physically imposing stature working to make him seem like a not wholly villainous bad guy. D’Onofrio, on the other hand, has the ability to do bad really, really well.
Though he’s known for his turn as the brilliant, eccentric detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (to which he brought far more integrity and emotional heft than was necessarily), D’Onofrio made a name for himself with his upsetting performance as Leonard Lawrence (Gomer Pyle) in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. His most commercially successful film is Men in Black in which he played a giant cockroach-like alien that wears the saggy skin of an abusive farmer as a disguise. The movie made almost $600 million, and made Ray-Bans cool again.
The Daredevil show, which stars Charlie Cox as the title hero, will come out sometime next year. Marvel will have at least three television shows on the air, including ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and the upcoming Captain America spin-off Agent Carter, which ABC plans to launch in midseason.