BLADE star Wesley Snipes is planning a big screen comeback as comic book hero BLACK PANTHER.

The movie star hopes to play one of the first major black comic book characters in the film.

He says, "I've always been attracted to the story because the protagonist is a strong African figure, a monarch who is very intelligent and powerful, who uses his gifts to protect his people from external forces."

Snipes admits he'd like to shoot the film in Nigeria after recently visiting the African nation.