Superheroes have an enduring appeal in Philippine popular culture. One proof is the movie Batang Z, a MAQ Production which opened in theaters on January 4, 1996. Tom Taus Jr. plays the lead role, while Jorge Estregan (who is now provincial governor of Laguna) portrays the lead villain. As can be observed in the advertisement, Batang Z resembles the swashbuckler Zorro.
Supporting cast members include Dan Pacia, Melissa Mendez, Berting Labra, Marco Ballesteros, Charles Sabalboro, Marivic Duenas, and Karel Santos. Bey Vito directed this fantasy movie aimed at young audiences.