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(1997)

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Shaquille O'Neal had to do all of his own stunts; the producers were unable to find a 7'1" stunt double for him.
During the scene at the railroad where John Henry Irons chases after a thug, a broken down fence has graffiti that resembles the written alien language from Alien Nation: Alien Nation (1989). Kenneth Johnson, who directed this movie, also directed several Alien Nation TV movies.
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Susan Sparks is based on the DC Comics character Oracle.
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Steel is a DC Comics character. In the comic book, he was directly inspired by Superman when the Man of Steel saved his life (both literal and metaphorically). After Suuperman's death at the hands of Doomsday, Irons built a powered suit of armor. Sporting Superman's shield as a homage to Kal-El, he began fighting crime in the slums of Metroplois. In this movie, the existence (or non-existence) of Superman is not touched upon, but John's tattoo references the last son of Krypton.
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The fact that John Henry is nervous about "making a free throw" is in reference to Shaquille O'Neal's poor free throw shooting in the NBA.
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Writer/director Kenneth Johnson revealed in a SlashFilm interview that he originally wanted Wesley Snipes to play Steel but Warner Bros. felt that casting Shaquille O'Neal would help sell more toys and merchandise.
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Shaquille O'Neal fit the film's 51-day principal photography shoot which took place in between his time in the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the start of training camp with his new NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
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