The First Superhero Film Ever Made

The First Superhero Film Ever Made

Superheroes! They protect us and often have extraordinary abilities that make them special – make them super. Nowadays the superhero movies seem to continuously dominate the box office with the highest grossing movie ever (as of March 2021) being Avengers: Endgame. But what was the first movie to ever hit the silver screen?

Over hundred years ago, in 1920, the world saw the first superhero on screen and he goes by the name of Zorro. The movie was called The Mark of Zorro and it featured the masked vigilante who was created a year earlier by Johnston McCulley. The Mark of Zorro is a silent adventure film and stars Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro and it was directed by Fred Niblo who also directed the original Ben Hur (1925). It is true that Zorro has no super extraordinary abilities but his sword & acrobatic skills and his will to help those in need make him one of the early superheroes of the 20th century.

You can watch the whole movie below:

Zorro became a phenomenon and it got a sequel called Don Q, Son of Zorro 5 years later by the same filmmaker. But it didn’t stop there. No way José. Here’s the list of all Zorro movies ever made.

Movie TitleYearCountryStarring as Zorro
The Mark of Zorro1920USADouglas Fairbanks Sr.
Don Q., Son of Zorro1925USADouglas Fairbanks Sr.
The Bold Caballero1936USARobert Livingstone
The Mark of Zorro1940USATyrone Power
Il Sogno di Zorro1952ItalyWalter Chiari
Zorro the Avenger1958USAGuy Williams
The Sign of Zorro1958USAGuy Williams
El Zorro Escarlata1961Mexicon/a
El Zorro Vengador1961MexicoLuis Aguilar
Zorro Nella Valle dei Fantasmi1962MexicoJeff Stone
Zorro Alla Corte di Spagni1962ItalyGiorgio Ardisson
La Venganza del Zorro1962Spain/MexicoFrank Latimore
Il Segno di Zorro1962France/ItalySean Flynn
L’Ombra di Zorro1963Italy/SpainFrank Latimore
La Tre Spade di Zorro1963Italy/SpainGuy Stockwell
Zorro EI Tre Moschiettieri1963ItalyGordon Scott
Zorro Contro Maciste1963ItalyPierre Brice
Il Giuramente di Zorro1965Italy/SpainTony Russel
La Montana Sin Ley1953SpainJose Suarez
Zorro Il Ribelle1966ItalyHoward Ross
I Nippotti di Zorro1968ItalyDean Reed
Zorro Il Cavaliere della Vendetta1968Italy/SpainCharles Quiney
El Zorro la Volpe1968ItalyGeorge Ardisson
Zorro Il Dominatore1969Italy/SpainCharles Quiney
El Zorro Justiciero1969Italy/SpainMartin Moore
Zorro Alla Corte D’Inghilterra1969ItalySpyros Focas
Zorro Marchese di Navarro1969ItalyNadir Moretti
Zorro la Maschera della Vendetta1970Italy/SpainCharles Quiney
Les Aventures Galantes de Zorro1972BelgiumJean-Michel Dhermay
The Erotic Adventures of Zorro1972USADouglas Frey
Il Figlio di Zorro1973Italy/SpainRobert Widmark
Zorro1974Italy/FranceAlain Delon
El Zorro1974MexicoJulio Aldama
Il Sogno di Zorro1975ItalyFranco Franch
The Mark of Zorro1974USAFrank Langella
Zorro, the Gay Blade1980USAGeorge Hamilton
The Mask of Zorro1998USAAnthony Hopkins
Antonio Banderas
The Legend of Zorro2005USAAntonio Banderas
thanks to https://www.zorro.com/

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