Without Zorro there would be no Batman.
The inspiration that sparked Bob Kane’s imagination started out with the man behind the Zorro mask.
The shared similarities are evident, to name a few:
Don Diego De La Vega is a wealthy diplomat, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy.
Zorro travels horseback on his trusty jet black Tornado, Batman rides the state of the art dark Batmobile.
Their base of operations are secret lairs (or caves) hidden underneath their mansions.
They are inventors, scientists and detectives. They have sidekicks who they also call family.
Bob Kane was considerate enough to make it clear on his comic book that Zorro was significant, even to Bruce Wayne personally for the creation of Batman.
If you pay close attention to the comics (and even some films and animations) it was the movie “The Mark of Zorro” that Bruce and his parents went to see together at the theater before Bruce’s parents were murdered, originating his motive and main purpose as the Dark Knight.
As a kid growing up in Latin America, Zorro was a staple to our culture and our after school TV bingeing. Although the story was created by Johnston McCulley an American gentlemen, it had tremendous influence in Mexican and Hispanic culture. McCulley really did cater and took advantage of the latino demographic in a time where that wasn’t the norm.
Since the 1920’s and up to recently 2005, movies and televisions shows have been produced depicting Zorro and his adventures.
He is not like any other superhero, as a matter of fact he doesn’t even have any super powers, that’s what attracts me to this story, his heroic qualities include brilliant brain and brave brawn. That is another reason (in my opinion) that Zorro became so popular, because it was plausible that such hero could exist (or had existed).
Perhaps one day I will ride into the night as well.
To learn more about this pulp fiction legend visit Zorro.com