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Trivia / The Kingpin

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  • Ability over Appearance: It's rather difficult to find someone of the appropriate girth and acting talents to properly portray him. For Michael Clarke Duncan in 20th Century Fox's film, they originally auditioned several white actors but none of them had enough acting mojo. Interestingly though, Stan Lee had originally conceived Kingpin as a black character, but he made him white to avoid accusations about racism. For the Netflix show, Vincent D'Onofrio is a bit closer, but he doesn't look so big next to similarly tall supporting actors (Duncan had a similar issue, but camera tricks were used to make him seem even bigger).
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  • Approval of God: When the Kingpin was made primarily a Daredevil villiain, Stan Lee applauded the move saying that in retrospect, he's much better suited as a villain for that superhero.
  • Follow the Leader: Frank Miller's reimagining of Fisk inspired a number of writers to fashion supervillains in the same mold of The Man Behind the Man chessmaster. It directly inspired Lex Luthor's transformation from Mad Scientist to Corrupt Corporate Executive, with early designs of Luthor in John Byrne's run making him greatly resemble Fisk, leading Neil Gaiman to call him a "skinny Kingpin". It also led to Norman Osborn's revision since his belated revival taking inspiration from Kingpin and Luthor's transformation. It also inspired Victor Von Doom to be the head of Von Doom Industries in Fantastic Four (2005).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: He was going to appear in The Spectacular Spider Man as the show's Big Bad, but was unable to because by the time the show was in production, the character became classified as a Daredevil villain (despite originating as a Spider-Man villain), which meant that Sony couldn't legally use him. The problem was solved by substituting him with Tombstone, who was made into a Kingpin Expy.
    • Ironically, he seems to avert this; he was allowed to appear in the Daredevil film and Netflix series, yet also allowed to appear in Into the Spiderverse. It seems the only stipulation is that he's allowed to be used in the Spider-Man and Daredevil films as long as the Spider-Man films don't reference Daredevil and vice versa, though this seems to be moot due to both him and Spider-Man having versions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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