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The Movie: Steel

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Metallurgist John Henry Irons (basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal) vows to do something when a renegade military reject (Judd Nelson) puts new superweapons in dangerous hands. Helped by an electronics wiz (Annabeth Gish) and an imaginative scrap metal worker (Richard Roundtree), Irons becomes Steel. Wearing body armor, wielding a fearsome electrohammer, and riding a gadget-packed motorcycle, he’s ready to wage war against these weaponized criminals, even if he still has to fix some glitches in his gear at the same time.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Steel is one of those comic book movies that doesn’t get much love. That’s because the movie is mostly bad, but director/writer Kenneth Johnson had his heart in the right place, and Steel deserves some recognition for going out of its way to be rather progressive for a comic book movie that was made in 1997. Read More »


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How Did This Get Made: Steel (An Oral History)

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Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. + Shaq = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make an unsuccessful movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And when it does, there’s often a fun misadventure or cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for the Shaquille O’Neal superhero movie Steel.

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