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First trailer for Disney's Cruella gives villain a Joker-style origin story

On Wednesday, Disney released the first trailer for its upcoming live-action Cruella de Vil movie, and in doing so confirmed that we live in a society.

Set in 1970s London, Emma Stone stars in Cruella as the "bad, brilliant, a little bit mad" villainess who — as we know from 101 Dalmatians — will one day grow up to be an aspiring puppy mass-murderer. Inspiring! Disney's sympathetic origin story naturally drew comparisons to another beloved gritty villain, with Vox's Alex Abad-Santos observing, "I do love the premise of Cruella is what if someone girlboss'd so hard they became the Joker." It really does make you wonder, is it just me or are movies getting crazier out there?

Watch the trailer below. Jeva Lange