Science fiction is a genre that produces some of the best films with the most amazing storylines, and the 2011 film Real Steel is a great example of that. Directed by Shawn Levy, this science fiction film is based on the 1956 short story entitled “Steel”, which was written by author Richard Matheson and published in the May edition of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The short story was also adapted in an episode of Twilight Zone in 1963 before it was adapted into a film. Hugh Jackman plays the lead role of Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who becomes a handler of robot boxers. Real Steel touches on the highs and lows of his career in robot boxing as well as his relationship with his estranged son.
Real Steel Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
With a renowned superstar like Hugh Jackman in the lead role, Real Steel was expected to be a success. It gained approval from critics and was a success in the box office, grossing nearly $300 million. It was also nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards. Aside from the stunning cinematography, visual effects and Jackman’s portrayal of Charlie Kenton, the supporting characters were also a hit with the audience. This includes the characters of Max, Charlie’s son, and Bailey, Charlie’s love interest and friend.
Bailey is also a top name choice for dogs. A great example of a canine with the name is Bailey is the Red Retriever from the film 2017 drama-comedy film entitled A Dog’s Purpose. Based on W. Bruce Cameron’s novel of the same name, the movie chronicles the journey of a dog through different lives over the years via reincarnation. The film stars Josh Gad, Britt Robertson, KJ Apa and Dennis Quaid.
The film starts with a feral puppy, who was born in the 50s, wondering about his purpose in life. Two weeks after his birth, he was brought to a dog pound and was put to sleep. In 1961, he reincarnates as a Red Retriever puppy and was picked up by garbage men who are looking to sell him. As the men leave to get a drink, the puppy was discovered and rescued by a boy named Ethan and his mother. He brings the dog home and convinces his father to let him keep him. When he agrees, Ethan renames the dog Bailey.
The two hit it off right away and become the best of friends, particularly during the family’s visits to Ethan’s grandparents’ farm. During the summer, Ethan visits a fair with Bailey where he meets a girl named Hannah. He instantly falls for her and they start dating, even making plans to attend the same college. However, although Ethan’s life has been turning out well, his father is an alcoholic after several failures in his job. After an incident where his father hurt his mom, Ethan asks him to leave and to not return.
The next few years became difficult from Ethan – his house caught fire after a vindictive classmate commits arson and he gets injured, which causes him his scholarship. Ethan becomes depressed and ends his relationship with Hannah. He also leaves Bailey at his grandparents’ farm as he heads off for college. As Bailey grew old, his body starts to weaken and was eventually euthanized with Ethan by his side.
The next years, Bailey’s spirit reincarnates from one dog to another. After being abandoned in the 2000s, Bailey (now named Waffles), makes his way to the farm where he spent his summers. Here, he finds his old master Ethan, who is in his 50s and living alone at the farm of his grandparents. At first, he thought about bringing the dog to the shelter but decides to keep him and rename him Buddy. The dog helps reunite Ethan with Hannah and they eventually get married. He was also able to convince Ethan that he is his old dog Bailey. The film ends with Ethan digging up the old collar owned by Bailey and putting it on the dog’s neck.
Real Steel Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Dog owners often turn to pop culture works for dog name ideas and films are always a sure source of inspiration for cool names for your pooch. There is a vast selection of movies, characters and actors and actresses whose names you can give to your dog. If you fell in love with the film Real Steel, you may want to go for a moniker inspired by the movie.
For Real Steel-inspired dog names, the most straightforward choice would be to choose the name of your favorite characters in the film. For male dogs, you can pick out of the male characters from the film, such as Max, Charlie’s son who discovers a knack for robot boxing. For female dogs, you can take inspiration from some of the lady characters in the movie. A good example is Bailey, who is Charlie’s friend and love interest. You can even pick a cool name based on the fighting robots in the film, such as Atom, Ambush and Zeus.
You can also put more thought into your choice by making a decision based on your dog’s personal traits. For instance, Hugh Jackman’s character, Charlie, likes to show a tough exterior but actually has a loving and affectionate side. If you have a rigid-looking pooch with a heart of gold, then this name seems like a perfect fit.