The slapdash swashbuckler that torpedoed a promising franchise remains a source of legitimate concern

The slapdash swashbuckler that torpedoed a promising franchise remains a source of legitimate concer ...

The Mask of Zorro, by Martin Campbell, is often overlooked when it comes to naming the greatest 1990s blockbuster films. The old-fashioned swashbuckler is a pure rush of adrenaline that holds up as a rip-roaring adventure of the highest quality.

When it was first announced that the director would return for a sequel, excitement was high, but the end product ruined the whole prospect of a long-running franchise. The Legend of Zorro isn't helped by the fact that it was released seven years after its predecessor, although it wouldn't have been a major disappointment.

The opening chapter of Django Unchained received an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the sequel only received 27 points. Likewise, Mask's user rating of 73 percent blows Legend's 48 out of the water, and it also made over $100 million less at the box office. With that, any chances of a three-part series were quashed, and we didn't even get the crossover with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which would

Redditors have been pouring one out for The Legend of Zorro, a massive missed opportunity that taught absolutely nothing from its predecessor, instead delivering a by-the-numbers adventure that was nothing but a pale imitation of its fantastic predecessor.