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Real Identity: John Henry Irons
Affiliation(s): Justice League Unlimited
Appearances (STAS): Prototype and Heavy Metal
Appearances (JLU): Initiation, Return, Ultimatum, Dark Heart, Question Authority, Flashpoint, Panic in the Sky, Divided We Fall, To Another Shore, the Great Brain Robbery, Far from Home and Destroyer
Skills: Super suit with hammer
Voiced By: Phil LaMarr
John Henry Irons was a former inventor and researcher at Lex Corp. Irons helped design an ultra modern police battle suit that mimics the powers of Superman. The Series Alpha came equipped with limited invulnerability, black light lasers, impact grenade launchers, jet packs and infrared scopes. However, Irons failed to forsee a flaw in the bio feedback that was integrated in the wearer's nervous system. The wearer's aggression began to violently increase and rendered the failsafe jamming device useless. Consumed with guilt, Irons quit. Superman encouraged Irons to reformat the suit.
Irons began working in secret on a better version of the super suit. He relocated to Metropolis' Suicide Slums. Intergang began to commit multimillion dollar heists. It turned out they revived Metallo. They soon arrived in Irons' neighborhood and with Superman barely hanging on, Irons donned the suit and used its implements, including an over-sized battle hammer, to stall Metallo. Meanwhile, Superman recovered under a full spectrum light generator in Irons' makeshift lab. Irons took on the name Steel and was immediately loved by the Slums' inhabitants. Over the years, Steel modified the suit to perform extra functions like protecting himself from various forms of radiation, flight and scanning for residual particles.