One of the bad guys calls Steel "the Tin Man in steroids"
Irons has a Superman logo Tatoo and is called "Man of Steel". Steel is a DC Superhero spinned of the Superman series "Funeral for a Friend".
Some of the graffitti shown when Johnny is chasing the gang member who had been robbing the bank vault is in the language of the Visitors. Kenneth Johnson, the writer and director of this movie also created the V universe.
seen in newspaper ad
Specifically mentioned by Alex Cox about upcoming summer movies
A child can be seen playing a Steel toy from the movie
Chef said "What next a Steel 2?".
Character references in dialogue
The movie 'Steel (1997)' is referenced in this documentary
Poster is shown in a video store.
When Rachel is looking through the video tapes at the fair, Steel is one of them
DVD is shown in a video store.
The subject of this documentary mentions this film
The movie poster for "Steel" is shown briefly
Kincaid is relived that Real Steel is not a sequel to this film
Image of Shaq from this movie was shown as an example of other movies with basketball stars.
Mentioned in dialogue
mentioned among bad comic book movies
mentioned as an epic fail
Much to Josh's annoyance, Rich proposes to watch the movie Steel
Arcade cabnet can be seen at the arcade.
Reviewed, clips shown.
Referencing Beer Beer
"Sure, Iron Man 2 wasn't that hot, but it was a lot better than Steel."
Richard Roundtee's character says he "likes the shaft" of the hammer he designed