Wilson Bethel, who plays Benjamin Poindexter/Bullseye in Daredevil season three, has discussed his character’s backstory.
One of the most anticipated components of Netflix’s third season of Daredevil was the introduction of Matt’s infamous foe Bullseye. Luckily, the villain didn’t disappoint, providing fans with many memorable moments throughout the season.
Bullseye is played by Wilson Bethel in the show and the actor has spoken recently to Rotten Tomatoes about Dex’s backstory and how he enjoyed exploring it throughout the season:
“Clearly, there is a guy who had a deeply troubled childhood and came up in some really adverse circumstances, but I also think that there is also a part of Dex’s mind that does not work like [most people’s]. This guy had some serious pathology. For the majority of Dex’s life, he has figured out ways to keep that pathology at bay from usurping his better nature.”
Daredevil season three utilises a very inventive scene to help fans learn more about Bullseye’s childhood, depicting a surreal and dreamlike flashback that plays out before Wilson Fisk.
Daredevil showrunner, Erik Oleson, spoke a little about this moment: “I wanted to do something that was elevated beyond a traditional flashback. I don’t remember whether it was my idea or another writer, we started talking about this conceit, this kind of magical realism. I’m a big fan of magical realism. I loved it in Six Feet Under and some other places. A lot of great television shows use it. The Sopranos did as well at times.”
How do you feel about Bullseye in Daredevil season three? Do you think the villain was done justice?
Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world or embracing his destiny as a hero.
Season three of Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin) all returning to the cast alongside new additions Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Sister Maggie and Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) as Bullseye.