With an election getting ready to take place, some have resorted to violence to control the outcome. John McGivens (played by Nick Chinlund) is a gun toting bad man who tries to steal the votes before they make it to the governor's mansion, unfortunately he does not consider the possibility that Zorro (played by Antonio Banderas) could be present. There are no explosions in this first scene, but Zorro has to duck shootouts and his sword-fighting skills easily give him the edge. Zorro wins out against McGivens and the votes are saved, after which time he rides to the governor's mansion, and turns the results over to the highest official in the land.
Zorro has been using his horseback riding skills, and his ability to use a sword for almost a decade, trying to make certain that the people of his generation have a fair fight, but when he returns home, his wife Elena (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) is ready for him to hang up his sword. Elena might as well have been screaming bloody murder, because Alejandro still believes that his services are needed. After a bitter argument, Elena warns Alejandro to change his plans, but he believes that the people need him, so he packs his things, then looks in on his son before he leaves to do the peoples work.
Alejandro is finally served divorce papers, and although he is left in a depressed state, he still maintains that he is doing the right thing. When Alejandro encounters his son acting in a wayward manner, he attempts to talk to him about it. Only to be told that a man must fight when it is necessary. Martin Campbell directs this action adventure where Zorro must fight to ensure that voters can cast their votes towards the California's statehood. Zorro believes that regardless of financial status of an individual, they should have access to rights and property, and be able to live freely.
For decades, we've all known Zorro as the masked swordsman who fights against tyranny in the 1800's in Mexico and around the world. But if 20th Century Fox has its way, that's about to change. Fox is developing a reboot currently titled "Zorro Reborn" in an attempt to bring the hero back to the cinematic forefront after a hiatus of about six years ("The Legend of Zorro" hit theaters in 2005). But of course, all reboots are dark and gritty nowadays ever since Christopher Nolan came along with "Batman Begins," so "Zorro Reborn" is going to be the darkest and grittiest of them all.