Zorro has long been an iconic pop-culture hero. The character enjoyed a brief resurgence in 1998 with The Mask of Zorro, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. It's a decent, but flawed action movie, never exceeding the excitement and joy of the opening sequence. Followed by a poorly marketed, lack-luster sequel that didn't appeal to the jaded modern-day audiences more interested in massive robots and city-destroying aliens than good old-fashioned swashbuckling fun, the character has since faded from public consciousness.
The character is quite old, having been created in 1919 by pulp-writer Johnston McCulley, and Zorro has appeared in various films, comics, books and television series for decades.