The film was released theatrically and made available on Disney+ on May 28.
The director of Cruella, Craig Gillespie, is flattered by some of the comparisons his new film is receiving.
In a recent interview with TooFab, Gillespie —known for his previous work in the critically acclaimed I, Tonya— shared his thoughts on his latest project being compared to another sympathetic take on a villainous origin story: 2019's Joker.
"First of all, to be in the same sentence as 'The Joker' is never a bad thing. There were people like calling and kind of panicking about that. If you're going to be compared to something, why not 'The Joker'?", he said.
Still, the filmmaker reassured fans that Cruella is a unique film.
"Ultimately, people are going to see the film and realize it's completely its own animal. So, if there's chatter about it, great. It's better than no chatter", he added.
The prequel, set in 1970s London, revolves around Estella (Emma Stone), an aspiring fashion designer, as she explores the path that will lead her to become a notorious up and coming fashion designer known as Cruella de Vil.
The film premiered on May 18, 2021 and was released theatrically and made available on Disney+ on May 28.