Shaq’s 1997 Superhero film “Steel” ranked worst Superhero Costume on Screen
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The main reason why the X-Men wear all black in the movies instead of the colorful unis from the comics is because not all superhero costumes transition well from page to screen. ScreenRant.com recently did an article on the best & worst superhero costumes from page to screen and #1 on the worst side was worn by a retired NBA player we are all very familiar with.
In 1997, genius music producer Quincy Jones and a partner of his decided they wanted to produce a black superhero film and were always fond of the character John Henry Irons aka Steel, a character from the Superman comics. So who better to play a giant black superhero from Superman than the NBA’s version of Superman – Shaquille O’Neal…right?
Well, everything about Steel was a disaster, from the casting of Shaq, to the story to the production to the casting of Shaq and especially that horrible looking costume that the miscasted Shaq had to wear. The $16 million dollar budget film grossed a little more than $1.6 million as critics unanimously butchered it and Shaq was rewarded with a Razzie nomination but thanks to Kevin Costner, Shaq didn’t win that year….Shaq wasn’t use to winning much back then anyways.
16 years later, ScreenRant is awarding Shaq and the film the award of “Worst From Page to Screen Costume” beating out the Green Lantern, Batman & Robin (also from 97), The Phantom and the Fantastic Four. If you refuse to believe the film is as bad as everybody says it is then be my guest and watch it for free because below is the full 96 minute film (sorry the link has been removed but I replaced it with a great review of the film by Chris Stuckman).