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Shaq acts the exact same way he shoots freethrows and thats not saying a lot
Another lame film by Shaq. I know many people will probably blame Shaq's acting in this film for all its' follies, and I wouldn't blame them. Although, he's practically a spitting image of the comic book character, but he lacked the confliction that was neccessary for the character. In the D.C. Comics' version, John Henry Irons a.k.a Steel (Shaquille O' Neal) was a man that was conflicted by how his inventions for the military were sold to rival gang members, by the company he worked for. Feeling responsible he would take his anger to the streets. In this film, though, Shaq seemed like he was just joking around like we're used to seeing him off the court.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, but it was completely uncharacteristic for the character he playing. However, to be fair, Shaq wasn't entirely responsible for this film turning out so bland. Like most comic book spin off films such as "Catwoman" and "Supergirl", to name a few, this one rarely was faithful to the comic book. Not to sound like a comic geek, but in the comics Steel had superpowers and could fly. However, in this one, Steel has a bike and a hidden rip off of the "Bat cave" inside the city dump.
To add even more insult to injury, the rest of the cast and story seemed to fall rather flat. Having John's brother make a crack about, "Hey I could be Robin...", after he finds out Steel's identity, was very cheesy. To make matters worse, they made it seem like he wanted to be part of a gang, but now he wants to be a spandex sidekick? That's not very realistic. Well, hell, in real life heroes wouldn't exist, so I shouldn't say anything.
(Sarcasticly) Oh yeah, I especially loved how people could still tell who Steel was even though he had a mask on. I know there aren't that many people that are Shaq's height, but come on! We're talking about a character that comes from a universe where a guy can put on glasses and no one would recognize him (I'm talking about Superman, for those who didn't get my point). So, why would Warner Brothers want people to recognize the character even when he's wearing a mask? Are they trying to be realistic? Or perhaps they were trying to make a film that would be carried to box office millions with Shaq's name alone to entice people. Boy, were they wrong!
Seriously, it's bad enough that "Steel" is basically nothing more than a carbon based rip off of "Iron Man" in the comic books (with a few minor details here and there), but to have a lousy actor like Shaq along with this horse s*** written script to go with it too? Talk about embarrassing. Of course, it doesn't help when you hire the world's worst costume designers make his suit for the movie. Ugh.
Oh well, at least, "Steel" can follow the long line of traditional spin off super hero flicks tanking. However, that's not too much of a good thing.