Massive spoiler warning: If you’re not finished with the second season of Daredevil just yet, I’d suggest you don’t continue reading any further as there will be plenty of spoilers below.
Shortly before the second season of Daredevil was set to premiere, we revealed that a certain fan-favorite character would be returning for season two, and we’d even included a photo of that actor on set. And now that season two has finally premiered, we can openly talk about Vincent D’Onofrio’s fantastic return as Wilson Fisk in the second half of Daredevil‘s second season. Given that Marvel never officially confirmed D’Onofrio’s return for season two, the actor hasn’t really been involved in press for the second season, although he’s been tweeting his support for the cast over the past few months. And although he didn’t do the traditional press for the season, D’Onofrio did take some time out to speak with the folks over at Entertainment Weekly about his surprise return this season, and teased the villain’s future on the series.
According to D’Onofrio, he knew early on that they intended to bring him back in some capacity going into season two, but didn’t know the exact plan until Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb explained what they had in mind.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you learn you would be back, and how did you feel about that?
VINCENT D’ONOFRIO: Well, it was always the plan to use me. I knew that I was going to come back in some form, but I didn’t know what we were going to do until [producer] Jeph Loeb told me. I loved the idea of keeping it quiet and not letting the fans know. It’s more fun for everybody. Once I realized what was happening story-wise, it was just exciting to revisit the role.
As for returning this season, and not serving as the big-bad, D’Onofrio was excited to get back into Fisk’s head.
What was it like returning to the character, but not as the season’s Big Bad?
I just loved it. I loved being back in his head again.
Of course, the Fisk we see in season two of Daredevil is a lot different than the Fisk we first met back in season one. This time around, there is no sympathy for the character; he’s completely unhinged and willing to do whatever is needed to regain power – including having Castle attack a fellow inmate for him. When asked what he thought of this version of Fisk, D’Onofrio said he sees it as the character trying to change how people view him.
How did you interpret the Fisk we meet in season 2? Has he changed much?
I think he feels as if he’s misunderstood, and he needs to do some really hard-core explaining. That’s his journey now. He needs to straighten people’s point of view of him out however he can, however he needs to… In this portion, in the second season, he’s just been walking back and forth in a box, in a cage, like a lion or a tiger would. I think he just needs to get out. He doesn’t feel, nor do I feel like he belongs there.
For those that have already blown through the second season of Daredevil (like myself), you’ll note that the last scene in which we see D’Onofrio’s Fisk is when he asks his lawyer to look over files on Matt Murdock, making it seem as though Fisk was beginning to suspect just who Daredevil was. According to D’Onofrio, while he isn’t allowed to really talk about it, he won’t deny that’s where they’re taking that story-line.
Your final scene this season shows Fisk eating inside his cell and wincing at the swollen lip he received when he punched him in the face. He then asks for his lawyer to reexamine files on Matt. What does this mean for Fisk and Matt, and what’s running through Fisk’s mind? Is he starting to get a sense of who Daredevil might be?
Well, I could lie and tell you something that’s not true, but what was going on, I’m not allowed to talk about. [Laughs] It’s all about things to come.
Even though Netflix and Marvel have yet to announced a third season, it’s safe to say it’s coming, although when is still up in the air. Still, D’Onofrio says he has an idea as to where the showrunners and Marvel plan to take Fisk after this season. And according to D’Onofrio, what little he does know is exciting.
So… you know at this point where Fisk is going?
A very very very little bit. They tell me little things to keep my interest so I don’t go away, you know? [Laughs] The little bit that I know, I can’t [share], and all I can say is that I’m lucky enough to be able to play this character that I know they really like over at Marvel Television. The little things that I do know are so exciting that for a character actor, it really makes me happy.
You can currently stream both season one and season two on Netflix now, or if you prefer, the first season is now available for purchase through both iTunes and Amazon. (Could a Blu-Ray & DVD release announcement be far behind now?) As always, for all things Daredevil, be sure to follow along here.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.