Since its beginning in 1920, this franchise has given us a total of 15 movies, multiple video game adaptations, and even an entire spinoff series called The Mark of Zorro. After the second of which was produced by the most famous Disney Zorro series of 1957-1959, starring Guy Williams.
The Legend of Zorro was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing and produced a total of two films through 1998. These movies take place 200 years before the start of the original series, and add additional context as to how Count Armed distribute soap bars throughout the Confederate army.
The Zorro franchise was a movie series that never gained any traction in popular culture. However, by the end of the trilogy critics were rating it as low as 10% while fans weren’t too thrilled either, all two films combined grossed just shy of a half-billion dollar at the box office.
Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 1995's Goldener, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring the first Hollywood production of creator Johnston McCully's Zorro in over four decades to the big screen. A boisterous outlaw with his own desire for revenge, Murrieta works with Diego to avenge his brother's death by the sword of Montero's right-hand man, Captain Harrison Love (Matt Fletcher, in his big screen debut).
He can only be obtained from the Hero Summon, and when maxed out, has the best range in the game (tied with Kurt, excluding all Christmas Gifts). Zorro is best placed at the end of a long, straight path.
Troops sell for half their cost of deployment plus upgrades. Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega and his wife, Elena, to take action.
A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own. Zorro, the legendary swordsman, has passed on his weapon and his sense of duty to his noble son, Diego, a dashing swashbuckler like his father.
But after an injury sidelines Diego, he is forced to hand the mask over to his twin, Ramon. In the 1840s, the foppish Don Diego de la Vega returns from Spain to his family in California to find that his father has been replaced as ruler of the region by the cruel Don Luis Quintero... See full summary ».
Compiled from six episodes of the original Disney Zorro series, this film has El Zorro, “The Fox,” battling Jose Sebastian Vargas, “The Eagle,” a corrupt dictator set on taking control of all of Spanish California. In this film, edited from eight episodes of Disney's hit TV series, Don Diego returns home to find his town under the heel of a cruel dictator, Capital Ontario.
Diego dons the mask of ... See full summary ». A young Spanish aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.
The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant.
A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it.
Every week for the foreseeable future, Vulture will be selecting one film to watch as part of our Friday Night Movie Club. This week’s selection comes from film critic Bilge Bird, who will begin his screening of The Mask of Zorro on May 22 at 7 p.m.
Head to Vulture’s Twitter to catch his live commentary, and look ahead at next week’s movie here. Maybe it started with the somewhat unlikely (and slightly ridiculous) success of 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, or maybe it dated back to 1987’s The Princess Bride.
Or maybe it was a natural result of the search for reinvention-friendly throwbacks that the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies had prompted. Michael Mann’s Last of the Mohicans (1992) is more about tomahawks and muskets and Colonial history than it is about swords, but it still fits many of the requirements of the genre.
Having spent years in development and been passed among different writers and directors before its 1998 release, The Mask of Zorro (which recently came out in a lovely new 4K edition) arrived late in the cycle. For starters, the premise was a clever one: The original Zorro, don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) has grown old and bitter, and recruits ragged thief Alejandro (Antonio Band eras) to carry on his legacy, help him avenge the death of his wife, and save his kidnapped, now fully grown daughter (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Thus, we watch the somewhat hapless Alejandro “become” Zorro through training and trial and error, which lets the film be an origin story without trying to reinvent the wheel. Of course, Zorro, a mysterious Mexican nobleman who wears a black mask over his eyes to protect his identity while he fights for justice, has more than a few similarities with Bruce Wayne, and the Batman story owes a huge, acknowledged debt to Johnston McCully’s original pulp creation.
We should also not have doubted Martin Campbell, a director who had already successfully rebooted the James Bond series with Goldener (and who would do so again, in spectacular fashion, with 2006’s Casino Royale). I don’t know what specific changes were made, but the director has always had a fondness for films that fit the rough outlines of a revenge picture: His characters are often fueled by terrible, shocking loss.
And it helps to have the kind of chemistry that Band eras has with Zeta-Jones, who was a relative newcomer at the time; the film immediately made her a star. The Mask of Zorro is available to stream with a subscription to Netflix, and is available to rent on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and VDU.