The Taiwanese-American film producer Dennis Liu was intimately aware of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and of the difficulties people of color faced in getting their projects greenlit. That’s why, after coming up with the idea for Raising Dion, he created a one-issue comic and a two-minute short film to drum up interest for a live-action adaptation in 2015. The idea soon caught on, and what resulted from Liu’s unconventional marketing is Netflix’s nine-episode Raising Dion, written by Carol Barbee and directed by Liu himself.
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Story - Center - Dion - Nicole - Alisha
The story at the center of Raising Dion has struggling mother Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) trying to figure out how to raise her suddenly superhuman son Dion (Ja’Siah Young), all while job-hunting and mourning her dead husband Mark (Michael B Jordan). It’s a family drama wrapped up in the paranormal, and one that answers the question of what a superhero origin story might look like if told from the point of view of Martha, rather than Clark, Kent.
With Marvel and DC completely saturating the film market, it’s notable that smaller publishers are finding homes for their projects on TV streaming platforms. Raising Dion follows in the footsteps of Amazon’s The Boys and Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, telling a different kind of story of a rather unique and cheerful eight-year-old superboy. Let’s break down what works, what doesn’t, and what’s next for Netflix’s latest comic book bid.
Selling - Point - Dion - Superhero - Shows
A major selling point for Raising Dion is undoubtedly that it’s one of the only superhero shows centered on a black family, alongside the CW’s Black Lightning. (Marvel’s Luke Cage, the other major player in this category, was canceled in 2018.) Furthermore, while the aforementioned two, and the Black Panther film, all star grown men as leads, Raising Dion is notably centered on a young black mother...
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