Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Zorro: The Legend Begins is the pilot film for the 1990 revival of Zorro. This time Duncan Regehr assumes the role of foppish Spanish Californian Don Diego, who when the peasants fall under the oppression of the local despots, dons cape, cloak and mask to become Zorro. Efrem Zimbalist costars as Diego's father, who admires Zorro but has little use for his wastrel son (not realizing that both men are one). Filmed in Spain, this TV movie is heavier on the tongue-in-cheek humor than earlier Zorro incarnations--just as well, since it's very hard in AD 1990 to take any of this stuff as gospel. The Zorro series debuted January 5, 1990, over the Family Channel cable service; oddly enough, this pilot film wasn't shown until April 14 of that same year.
bad-guy, battle [war], good-guy, injustice, mask [disguise], Superhero, swashbuckler