Steel is a character that DC Comics keeps around because it helps diversify the company. He's never given strong creative teams or creative storylines—he’s just black and it helps DC seem less WASP-y. So, after Death Of Superman put Steel in the spotlight for a bit, Warner Bros. decided to put out a movie featuring the character and starring Shaquille O'Neal, an outspoken Superman fan.
Were executives just scrounging through a list of actors to play the role or did Shaq simply show up to Warner's offices brandishing a rifle demanding to play Steel? We’re betting on the latter. Even worse than the casting is the fact that Shaq’s Steel outfit looked like a cheap Halloween costume. At least it distracted people from the disgraceful plot.