'Zorro' Returning with 'Dark Knight'-Style Reboot

Posted 3:51 PM March 7th, 2014 by Jeff Giles

It's been awhile since we've seen Zorro making derring-do on the big screen -- since 2005's The Legend of Zorro, to be precise -- and to be honest, we'd long since assumed the property had returned to the Hollywood graveyard. But where there's a franchise, there's someone waiting to greenlight a new movie, and so we've arrived at the place where Sony has started making preparations for a Zorro reboot.

Deadline reports that the studio has hired playwright Chris Boal to pen the screenplay for what's being called "a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core."

(In other words: Far less of the dashing wit that helped fuel the original films, as well as the more recent Antonio Banderas-led movies.)

Also, the report promises that "There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came from Europe and created a deadly combination of action and lethal fighting systems that combined swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles."

Nothing's really wrong with any of the above, although it's admittedly a little distressing to see what appears to be an effort to fit Zorro into the same "gritty" slot occupied by Batman and James Bond. Is Marvel the only studio that understands the value of a hero with a sense of humor anymore?

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