Trivia / Steel

  • Actor Allusion: "I especially love the shaft!"
    • Shaq was notoriously bad at free throws, and so is Steel.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $16 million. Box office, $1,710,972.
  • The Cameo: Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint, who played Matt Sikes and George Francisco respectively in writer/director Kenneth Johnson's series Alien Nation, play the detective in the police lineup scene and the prosecutor at Burke's court-martial respectively.
  • Creator Killer:
    • Where Batman & Robin was the critical and popular bomb that blew DC out of the air, this was the financial bomb that ensured they would stay down. They didn't make another cinematic live-action movie again until 2004 with Catwoman and didn't return to credibility until Batman Begins since Catwoman also failed. Marvel quickly seized on the opportunity to make their mark on Hollywood in that time.
    • The director/producer of the film, Kenneth Johnson, got to see his career "disqualified" from the cinema level completely, plus it ensured he would only have at best a B-list career. His next and last two movies were both Disney Channel TV movies, and he would not write again until 2007, plus he never took another producer credit. He did direct several TV episodes in the meantime and created two TV shows in 2007 and 2011.
  • Genre-Killer: This film almost single-handedly destroyed the superhero movie genre for years to come (it did still destroy it for DC with help from Batman & Robin, which was a box office success but was also instant Snark Bait). Shaquille O'Neal dressed in a rubber costume that's supposed to be metal fighting crime out of a junkyard crime lab. 'Nuff said.
  • Not Screened for Critics
  • Star-Derailing Role: This came after the infamous Kazaam from Touchstone/Disney, and sent Shaq's cinematic career to the sidelines permanently; he only really did cameos in future movies.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: We're treated to scenes of characters gawking over a then-very primitive innovation known as the Internet.
  • What Could Have Been: The studio considered replacing Shaquille O'Neal with Wesley Snipes but ultimately backed out because they felt that could easily sell Steel toys in Shaq's likenesses than Snipes.
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