A lot of the data and information on movies that ends up online and in print seems to have its roots in The Baseline Studio System. Once upon a time, in the misty history of 2009, back when nobody knew what the Shyamalan-scripted Devil was going to be about, I found its “top secret synopsis” listed as Baseline data. Their blurb proved to be 100% accurate.
Several other times I’ve seen casting listed that has gone on the become news breaks in the trade papers a few days or weeks later. I’m pretty sure that Baseline Studio System data has a very high accuracy rate, even with things that remain unreported on the “surface” of the media.
So, now that I see they’re listing a plot premise for The Man of Steel, I’m inclined to believe they’ve got it right.
Here’s what they say, word for word:
A young reporter named Clark Kent roams the world covering various news stories. When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, he returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be.
Yep, it’s an expanded version of something we’ve heard before, a few words from a well discussed “casting breakdown” for the film. I never managed to get my hands on that breakdown, but I know some reputable people who vouched for it existing.
It looks to me like Warner Bros. registered some details of the film, most likely with casting services who fed it to Baseline, somehow, but have since decided to play coy. I’d be prepared to make a reasonable sized bet on the above being the film’s story.
I don’t think it’s locked, I just like the odds. A lot.
The next puzzle would be ‘What does Zod have to do with all this?’
There’s probably something thematic going on about corrupt dictatorial leaders and warring factions of the same populace, on Krypton as much as in Africa, but we still don’t have any indication as to how these pieces of plot might fit together.
It’s Sunday tomorrow, and Sunday always seems to bring some Superman press release or another. Maybe we’ll get a good beam of light shone on something big this time.
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