Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is no stranger to superhero movies. O'Neal starred in 1997's Steel, in which he played the titular DC hero long before superhero movies dominated the box-office. O'Neal is once again interested in acting in a superhero film, expressing his desire to fight Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. in an Avengers film and reboot Steel.
"I would love to be in one of the Avengers movies," O'Neal told Entertainment Weekly. "I would like to kick Robert Downey Jr.'s ass." O'Neal did not specify if there was any particular hero or villain that he had in mind to play.
O'Neal also offered up some thoughts on Steel and his desire to get a modern remake. "It was an awesome opportunity," O'Neal said. "However, I’d like to redo it and get some of these 2018 special effects."
Written and directed by The Bionic Woman creator Kenneth Johnson, Steel follows the DC character John Henry Irons as his titular alter-ego. The movie was critically and financially panned on its release, only earning back $1.7 million of its $16 million budget. The movie was one of the first to star a Black superhero in a film.
O'Neal is a Hall of Fame basketball player and sports analyst. He has also released four rap albums and starred in a handful of movies, some during his time with the NBA. O'Neal also featured prominently in 1990's Shaq Fu, which is widely considered one of the worst video games of all-time. O'Neal most recently provided the voice for Karma in 2017's Show Dogs.