Widely accepted as the mainstream's first black superhero, Black Panther (aka Prince T'Challa) has had a tough time making it to the movie screens, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, there seems to be some new blood and some fresh progress on the project.
Wesley Snipes was "attached" to theop character for a good, long time but that incarnation of 'Black Panther' now seems to be a distant memory. (Plus Wesley already got his own superhero trilogy; I say give this one to Idris Elba or Chiwetel Ejiofor.) But it's a bit too early to be playing the casting game; Marvel doesn't have a director just yet, although they have hired one Mark Bailey to start working on the screenplay. As THR points out, Mr. Bailey is known mainly for HBO documentary work, but clearly he pitched something that appealed to the Marvel men (and women) because the Black Panther is definitely stirring again.
More news on Stan Lee's inevitable 'Black Panther' cameo when it becomes available. We know turn you over to our own John Gholson, who will no doubt have at least 700 words to offer about how awesome Black Panther is.