Two years after the superhero motion picture premiered in theaters, director Mark Steven Johnson is assessingDaredevil Released in 2003, Daredevil starred Ben Affleck as the titular vigilante reverse Michael Clarke Duncan as the bad guy,Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk The movie was greatly slammed at the time, though it consequently discovered some love with the release of an R-rated prolonged cut in 2004. Many fans have actually likewise grown to end up being more keen on the movie retroactively, feeling that it didn’t get a reasonable shake upon its preliminary release.

One element that has actually gotten a great deal of appreciation has actually been Clarke’s efficiency as Kingpin, though the casting didn’t come without some debate. The character’s appearance was a departure for Kingpin, who had actually constantly been portrayed as white prior to Duncan’s casting. “Race-swapping” characters is something that continues to draw debate to this day, and consulting with Yahoo! Entertainment, Johnson keeps in mind how he likewise experienced some reaction over casting a Black star as the Marvel supervillain. Regardless, Johnson is simply as pleased now as he was at the time with the choice, as he still feels that Duncan was the ideal individual for the part.

“Oh yeah, I got a lot of blowback. It’s the strangest Catch-22, because you want to have opportunities for everybody. You say, ‘I’m not going to pay attention to race: I’m just going to cast the right person for the role.’ But then you get killed for that [from some fans] who say: ‘The Kingpin should be white’ or ‘He’s not my Kingpin’ and all that kind of stuff. So I definitely got heat on that, but I don’t regret the decision at all. Michael was fantastic. It’s hard to find a guy who is that big and also that formidable, and Michael was definitely that guy. God bless him.”

Michael Clarke Duncan and Vincent D’Onofrio Are Both Fantastic Kingpins, Mark Steven Johnson Says

Ben Affleck's Daredevil fighting Michael Clarke Duncan's Kingpin / Wilson Fisk in 2003's Daredevil

The function of Kingpin would later on be reimagined to fantastic success with Vincent D’Onofrio in Marvel’s Daredevil series that starredCharlie Cox D’Onofrio has actually considering that repeated the function with a look in Hawkeye and is set to return with Cox in the upcoming Disney+ series Daredevil:Born Again While Johnson enjoys with casting Duncan for his own model of Daredevil, he does not mind that the custom of casting a Black star as the character didn’t rollover, as it returns to choosing whomever the ideal individual is for the part because specific task.

“Not at all. I think Vincent D’Onofrio is wonderful as the Kingpin. It’s all about finding the right actor for the character, you know? Vincent is a great Kingpin and Michael was a great Kingpin. And the show is terrific. It’s fun, because everybody gets to have their imprint on it: You don’t own the character, you just get to be the steward for a short time and then pass it on for someone else to do something with it. That’s why it was so fun to see all the different Spider-Men come together in the last Spider-Man movie. Seeing all those different versions from different decades and different filmmakers coming together was such an exciting moment.”

You can presently stream the Daredevil motion picture including Michael Clarke Duncan on HBO Max.