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"You look like a star spangled idiot."
Mick Rory to Nate Heywood[src]

The Steel suit is a suit created by Ray Palmer, based on sketches by Nate Heywood, for the latter to use as the superhero Steel.


The full suit consists of red and blue pants, a blue breastplate with a white star in the center of it (similar to his grandfather's suit) with red accents around it and blue shoulder pads, a pair of blue gloves and arm guards and a red helmet with white and blue accents.[1]


After wishing for his own suit, Nate Heywood sketched a design. Ray Palmer took the sketch, making a few adjustments, and made the suit for him as a gift.

Citizen Steel

Nate in the suit.

He first wore the suit for when he the Legends helped Team Arrow, Team Flash and Supergirl fight off an alien invasion.[2]

When fighting crimes in Central City as a part of Team Flash, Nate continued using the suit, but left out the helmet.[3]


Nate during Earth-X invasion.

When preparing to fight the Nazi invaders from Earth-X along with the rest of the heroes when they assembled aboard the Waverider, Nate was shown to have the helmet with him, but was not seen wearing the helmet during the battle.[4] Since then, he's continued to operate in the field wearing his suit but has not worn his helmet.


  • Identity concealment (formerly): Nate uses a red helmet with white and blue accents to conceal his identity. However, Nate later uses the suit without the helmet while fighting Earth-X Nazis.
  • Protection: Nate's suit breastplate is made from dwarf star that he, Ray, and Jax recovered from a train. This may serve as protection from materials stronger than Nate's steel form such as the dwarf star bullet that Nate was shot by, nearly costing him his life.[1]
  • Comfort: One reason for the creation of the suit is that Nate tells Ray that normal clothes stretch awkwardly when he uses his powers.[1] However, if this is still the case, he does not show it.

Known users[]


DC's Legends of Tomorrow[]


Season 8[]


Concept artwork[]


Behind the scenes[]

  • The suit, like Nathan Heywood/Citizen Steel's original suit from the comics, is similar to the suit of the famous Captain America's of Marvel Comics. According to the costume designers it was hard to make the Steel suit for the show as they wished to differentiate between Steel and Captain America.[5]