Originally Posted by Dark Raven
I think Kingpin should just be mostly a presence in the first movie. Maybe DD doesn't know about him or that he controls all the crime in the city. There should be a "lesser" villain who, at the end, tells DD that he doesn't know what he's up against and how he's now annoyed the big crime boss in the city. The big bad should be Kingpin.
But who would be the big bad of the first film then? How many DD villains can carry a movie, as the main villain? I heard Death-Stalker suggested a couple of pages ago, but I think that character requires way too much set up. He was just a rich guy who committed crimes because he was bored and then after an encounter with DD was rendered him "out of phase" with our reality and he became Death-Stalker and wants revenge on DD. That's a fair amount of set up.
The problem the villain in the first movie has to be compelling in his own part, he can't just seem to be some lame place holder for Kingpin.