(The movie was playing and I was interested. :D)
Zorro is a fictional character created in 1919 by New York–based pulp writer, Johnston McCulley. The character has been featured in numerous books, films, television series, and other media.
Zorro (Spanish for “fox”) is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a Californio nobleman and master living in the Spanish colonial era. The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a dashing black-clad masked outlaw who defends the people of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he much too cunning and fox-like for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he delights in publicly humiliating those same foes.
In “The Curse of Capistrano”, Don Diego de la Vega becomes Señor Zorro in the pueblo of Los Angeles in California “to avenge the helpless, to punish cruel politicians”, and “to aid the oppressed.” He is the title character, as he is dubbed the “curse of Capistrano.”
In later stories McCulley introduces characters such as pirates and Native Americans, some of whom know Zorro’s identity.