On Wednesday, February 17, the trailer for Disney’s newest upcoming film, “ Cruella” hit the internet. However, not everything went well as fans were split on the film. The trailer showed a more gritty, more adult version of the not so lovable 101 Dalmatians villain, Cruella De Vil. Many were angered to see Disney almost blatantly rip off DC Comics characters, Joker and Harley Quinn. Cruellea, or Edella as she will go by in this film, seems to be driven to madness by society’s harsh views of the villain. Critics soon saw this as a direct comparison to the Joker’s famous origin story that was popularized in the film, “Joker”, directed by Tod Phillips. Disney as of yet has not responded to this claim, however, it can be easy to compare the two. As Cruella De Vil is an original character who just so happens to have a similar backstory to the Joker. Its meaning can be subjective as it was the fans who compared the two in the first place.
Whether or not Disney is capitalizing on creating villains that were rejected by society, “Cruella”, marks a brand new start to a soon to be Disney villain franchise. After the success of “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie, Disney decided to create another backstory for yet another Villain, this time being Cruella De Vil. Will Disney continue to create even more villain movies after the inevitable success of this one? If so, who will those movies be about?