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,
Yes, and there was never any such thing as a "letter of transit." How dare anyone suggest Casablanca
is a wonderful film when it has such an inaccurate depiction of international wartime travel!
Certainly there's suspension of disbelief; this is inherent to the superheroic genre. This is not mean that it can't have quite a bit of depth and sophistication.