‘Raising Dion’ is a new superhero series to join Netflix’s bunch of superheroes originals, a group that received a hit after the quasi-simultaneous cancellations of ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘The Punisher,’ Daredevil,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ and ‘Iron Fist.’
However, ‘Raising Dion’ promises to be a major difference from the rest of superhero films and series, considering it focuses on a 7-year-old kid and her recently-widowed mother that discovers that her son has a wide array of powers such as energy projection, telekinesis, and invisibility.
‘Raising Dion’ is set to premiere on Friday, October 4. Season 1 will have ten episodes.
Here we’ll tell you everything we know about ‘Raising Dion.’
‘Raising Dion’ is based on a 2015 short film which, at the same time, is based on a comic book illustrated by Jason Piperberg and created by Dennis Liu. If the show follows the same premise than the comic, that means that initially, the show won’t focus so much on Dion’s powers, but on the implications of raising a child as curious as any, with a regular sense of wonder, but has abnormal, dangerous abilities.
This is quite interesting because it means that ‘Raising Dion’ will take a fresh approach to a crowded superhero genre but dealing with similar affairs as some superhero comics and movies about society’s fear and rejection against them, like in ‘X-Men.’
Depending on how faithful the show will be to the comic, it’s backstory may be more or less similar to the original. The comic shows that Dion’s father was a scientist who loved movies and worked in a biotech company, where he met Nicole, one of the company’s receptionist. During a romantic getaway, Mark and Nicole see a flashy streak hit the ground from the sky at a short distance. When they go to see what happened, Marked is swallowed by the light and Nicole gets knocked out. The day after, Mark notices his body is glowing, so he grows distant from Nicole, who discovers is pregnant.
Dennis Liu expressed in the statement after Netflix picked up his project and ordered a series, that:
“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”
Netflix revealed a trailer of ‘Raising Dion’ some time ago, here you can check it out:
Cast & Crew
The better-known face on the show, by far, is Michael B. Jordan, who has risen to stardom with films such as ‘Black Panther’, and ‘Creed’. He’ll play Mark, Dion’s deceased father. Newcomer Ja’Siah Young will play Dion.
Alisha Wainwright (who you may remember from ‘Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’) will play Nicole, Dion’s mother.
Jason Ritter will portray Pat, Mark’s best friend, a comic book fan and scientist who fills Dion’s father’s shoes and has a special bond with Nicole. To complete the main cast, we have Jazmyn Simon, who we saw on ‘Ballers, playing Kat, Nicole’s sister, who happens to be a med student.
‘Seith Mann’ a veteran TV director who’s been behind cameras of shows such as ‘The Wire’ directed the show’s first episode. Carol Barbee serves as showrunner and wrote a few episodes of Season 1. She’ll executive produce the show, alongside Jordan, Charles D. King, Poppy Hanks, Kim Roth, Kenny Goodman, and Michael Green.
Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of Original Content, said about Michael B. Jordan’s participation on the series:
“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother. Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television.”