YMMV / Steel

The comics:

  • Dork Age: In the series final issues, Steel and Natasha move to Jersey City, NJ. From the moment they arrived, the crapstorm never stopped. Think Batman: The Dark Knight Returns meets The Powerpuff Girls 'Town Of Citysville'. Basically, John Henry was warned and harassed by the police the instant he showed up. Natasha was badly brutalized by a thug who was Too Dumb to Live. During a dark visit back to their family, Natasha saw this bright shining heritage-aware African-American clan, shown in prior issues to be the basis of their morals and character become hyper-ghetto-quadrophonic-stereotypes. Oh, and John's long-lost thought-dead brother (Natasha's father) turned up as an elegant crimelord's elegant crimelord, who got John in further trouble when he killed the dumb thug who hurt his daughter. One police detective seemed to have Offscreen Teleportation to aid him in giving John grief—-and this being Joisey, the officers all seemed corrupt. This was even lampshaded when John had to go back to Metropolis, and was treated like a hero, worthy of the mantle of Superman and Supergirl. Suffice it to say, after the series was done, the next time we saw the Irons uncle and niece, they were back in Metro and Jersey City has not been mentioned since.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While the above stay in Jersey City was a dork age for Steel, another minority hero who spun out of a event that led to new heroes appearing also operates from that city.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: During the Reign of the Supermen, nobody expected Steel to be as popular as he was, except probably the writers (who were keeping their mouths shut about such expectations).

The film:

  • Awesome Music: The main theme. Say what you want about the rest of the movie, the main theme is an epic and triumphant anthem greatly suited to Steel, even if we're talking about the comics. If the movie had done better, the main theme might have been remembered as one of the great superhero themes of cinema, up there with the John Williams Superman theme and the Danny Elfman Batman theme.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Shaquille O'Neal years after this film actually confronted crime as a reserve officer of the Miami Beach Police Department.
    • The film's tagline "Heroes don't come any bigger" is the same one used for Marvel's Ant-Man years later.
    • Someone says "the internet is good for much more than just porn". Avenue Q disagrees.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Burke killing Duvray (for petty reasons) as well as two innocent bystanders in the elevator by sending them to their deaths.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure
  • What an Idiot!: For a gang who's trying to rob a bank, they're quite noisy in front of the security cameras. Made even worse when they, in a bar filled with people, brag about it when said robbery appears on TV.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Let's just say that Steel's very rubbery suit of armor isn't half as imposing or convincing as you'd hope it to be.