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Long before Emma Stone went to the dogs in Cruella (out May 28), Mary Wickes helped animators to envision a most devilish dame. "She had very distinctive features," Steve Taravella, author of Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before, says of Wickes' "casting" in 1961's 101 Dalmatians. Cruella in 101 DALMATIANS; Mary Wickes Cruella in '101 Dalmatians'; Mary Wickes. | Credit: Everett Collection (2)When she was tapped to be the model for Cruella, Wickes already had an association with Disney. Left to Right: Barbara Luddy (Nanny) and Mary Wickes (Cruella De Vil) perform live-action reference for Walt Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961).


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Centered on Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon's daughter, Barbara Gordon, the film will be written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey), while Kristin Burr (Cruella) is producingA Batgirl movie is officially happening! "With Batgirl, we hope to take the audience on a fun ride and see a different side of Gotham," Burr told THR. She continued, "Adil and Bilall have an excited and joyous energy, which is infectious, making them the perfect filmmakers for this Batproject." Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah -- Batgirl Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah | Credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty"And I'm just psyched I get to be part of the DC universe, which is super cool," Burr added. The most recent live-action appearance of Batgirl was in 1997, when Alicia Silverstone played the character in Batman & Robin.

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That’s according to “Cruella,” the latest live-action Disney movie that updates or provides a twist to one of its animated classics. “When we first meet Estella” — that’s Cruella’s birth name — “she feels like a girl who’s grown up in 1970s London,” hair and makeup designer Nadia Stacey told Vogue. “I think it was about six hours of fittings,” Beavan told Vogue. “We found the basis of the whole Cruella look. Laurie Sparham 2021 Disney EnterThen there were the dozens of wigs and out-there makeup looks, which took inspiration from everything from 18th century Versailles to current drag culture.