I do not understand how you could possibly argue that The Mask of Zorro is in any respect superior to The Dark Knight Rises. The Mask of Zorro is a piece of popcorn action fluff; The Dark Knight Rises may not be an arthouse film, but it's a deeper and more sophisticated work than Masks on every level.
... And yet, which movie suggests a broken back can be fixed with a bit of recuperation and a touch of chiropractics, or features the following bit of spoken poetry:
"So, you came back to die with your city!"
"No, I came back to stop you!"