While promoting his Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole overseas in France, director Zack Snyder was quizzed briefly on the status of the latest Superman adaptation (via filmsactu).

Run through Google translator by Bleeding Cool, Snyder is believed to have responded:

“As I have already explained, the film will focus on the early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still cannot talk about the script—I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular.”

Debunking rumours that the film might adapt Mark Waid’s Superman: Birthright saga, this insight leaves the latest Superman feature sounding more like Smallville: The Movie than ever.