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Podcast Release Date:
Jun 04, 2013

Superman Series Episode 7

Let’s hope this isn’t the best man of STEEL movie we review this summer…

Steel may not seem like a Superman movie, but in the 1990s it was as close as Warner Bros could muster.  With Batman ushering in a new age of comic book movies there were many attempts to revive the red caped DC hero.  Such names as JJ Abrams, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Smith, McG, and Tim Burton all worked on Superman projects, and all failed to come together.  As unlikely as it seemed, the only man of steel we would see in theaters between 1987 and 2006 was Shaquille O’Neil in Steel.  Based on a character born from the Death of Superman comic story, Steel is a disillusioned weapons maker who dons a high-tech suit to fight crime.  The film was no slam dunk but does it deserve a second chance?  Listen to Now Playing’s review to find out!

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Movie Details

DC Comics Series
Comic Book Movies
Kenneth Johnson
1 h 37 min
Release Date
15 August 1997
Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Justice. Safe streets. Payback. Metallurgist John Henry Irons (O'Neal) vows to claim them all 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...if he can fix the untimely glitches in his untested gear. "You all be cool now," the good-guy hero tells two crime victims he rescues. There'll be a lot of thrillin' before Steel himself can start chillin.'

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