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Turns Out Wesley Snipes Was Supposed To Play Black Panther…Here’s Why It Didn’t Happen

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Marvel had a huge hit with the film Black Panther, which starred Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. But can you believe that someone else wanted to play the role? Wesley Snipes attempted to get the movie out in the 1990s but to no avail. Read on to discover what happened.

An Incredible Opportunity

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Snipes was making his mark on Hollywood with films like Major League, Mo’ Better Blues, and New Jack City. Around 1992, the actor was approached by Marvel to create a film around Black Panther’s story from the comic books. Since T’Challa was so iconic already, Snipes was all in. He even had his own idea of how the film should look…

A Wakandan Vision

Since Wakanda was set in Africa, Snipes wanted the movie to feature African culture from the clothes and music to the overall look of the city. He also loved the idea that Wakanda was so technologically advanced. However, he seemed to be the only one at the negotiating table that understood the concept. So that was where things began to fall apart.

The Perfect Director?

John Singleton, well-known then for Boyz n the Hood, was tapped to direct the film. However, he and Snipes disagreed on the direction of the film. While Snipes wanted Wakanda to be technically advanced and Afro-centric, Singleton wanted to focus on T’Challa “in the Civil Rights Movement,” according to Snipes. Their disagreements eventually forced them to part ways, but Snipes continued to hope for the movie.

Finally Moving On

After spending a good chunk of the ’90s dreaming of Black Panther, Snipes finally let go. He did still partner with Marvel on another superhero, Blade. The horror film went on to be very successful, sparking two sequels. Since he never got to play T’Challa, how did Snipes feel about the movie finally coming to life in 2018?

A Dream Turned Reality

Over two decades after original plans for Black Panther were scrapped, Ryan Coogler was able to bring T’Challa’s story to the big screen. Even though his own dream was never realized, Snipes was actually excited for the film. What mattered to him most was seeing Black Panther finally hit theaters. Not only did it make it there, but it shattered box office records! That’s got to be nice to see.

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