LISBON-The Portuguese prefer not to talk, much less joke, about the 1932-1968 fascist dictatorship of Antonio Salazar - which may explain why it has taken a “superhero” to broach the topic in a big-screen comedy.

The masked, moustachioed “Capitao Falcao” (Captain Falcon) is Salazar’s most trusted henchman in a movie of the same name, tackling the “red menace” of communism and attempts to bring democracy to Portugal in the 1960s. The much-awaited release - in which the motorcycle-riding Falcao and his sidecar-borne sidekick the Partridge Kid fight bearded communists in red overalls armed with hammers and sickles - is due to hit Portuguese movie theatres next summer.