Recent photos of Vincent D’Onofrio, known for his role as Kingpin in Daredevil: Born Again, indicate a significant change in his physical appearance. Fans can expect a much leaner and fitter portrayal of the character compared to his previous appearances.
From Big To Strong
In the series Hawkeye, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin was noticeably larger, as the actor wore a fat suit to match the character’s comic book counterpart. Additionally, his physical strength surpassed what viewers witnessed in the Netflix series Daredevil.
Before delving into the recent images showcasing D’Onofrio’s improved physique, it’s essential to revisit the last time fans saw Kingpin. In Hawkeye, he reached his peak size and demonstrated an almost supernatural level of strength. While not as imposing in Netflix’s Daredevil, he still proved formidable against those who crossed his path.
On May 28, 2023, D’Onofrio posted a picture on Twitter featuring himself and his dog. Observing closely, it appeared that the actor had been working out, possibly during a leisurely stroll. Additionally, D’Onofrio shared photographic evidence of his gym progress as early as June 2022.
A New Physique
A closer look at D’Onofrio’s appearance at ICCCon in Nashville, Tennessee, reveals a significant transformation. The actor’s muscles are visibly defined, indicating the success of his fitness journey.
One possible reason for Kingpin’s newfound fitness is his rumored mayoral campaign. To ascend to the top of New York City’s political infrastructure, he needs to be in prime shape. By presenting himself as a changed man, Kingpin aims to distance himself from his criminal past and disprove any rumors surrounding his questionable actions.
If Kingpin becomes Mayor during Daredevil: Born Again, his reign over the city could pose a threat not only to Matt Murdock but to others as well. Recent set photos from the Daredevil series indicate a campaign-like atmosphere, further emphasizing the potential impact of Kingpin’s political aspirations.
The events of Echo, another Marvel series, might play a role in pushing Kingpin toward this new direction. However, it is doubtful that his motivations stem from virtuous reasons.
Although Daredevil: Born Again is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ next spring, the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike could potentially cause delays in the show’s release.