'Cruella' Director Flattered by Joker Comparisons
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Filmmaker Craig Gillespie is happy his Disney movie starring Emma Stone drew comparisons to the critically-acclaimed anti-hero movie fronted by Joaquin Phoenix.

AceShowbiz - Craig Gillespie is proud of comparisons between "Cruella" and "Joker".

The filmmaker helmed the new "Cruella" movie starring Emma Stone, which tells the backstory of the iconic Disney villain. And while he can see a marked difference between his effort and 2019's "Joker", starring Joaquin Phoenix, he considers the comparisons to be a compliment.

He said, "I loved the Joker, they did an amazing job on that, so I was happy if they wanted to compare it, but I knew it's so drastically different to that tonally."

"There were some people calling that were like, 'Were you worried about that?' and I was thinking as soon as the movie comes out, people are going to see that it's its own thing and it's not the worst thing in the world to be in the same sentence as the Joker, but I was a little surprised at how much it caught on."

Craig observed that both movies have a "dark" feel to them and he thinks that's something audiences have been "yearning" for.

He told ComicBookMovie.com, "The one thing it gave me, which I liked, was there were some dark things going on it and in this and obviously, it felt like there was a yearning for that from the audience."

Meanwhile, cast member Paul Walter Hauser recently hit back at critics who gave not-so-glowing reviews about the movie.

"I think we made a great film, it may not be for everybody, but it does so many more things right than it does wrong," he said. "If you feel you hated two things, but we did these five other things great, then you can't tell people not to see the movie. That's ridiculous."

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