With superhero narratives everywhere, we’re seeing a wide range of stories, from epic empowering adventures, to mind-bending metaphors about mental illness, and political Westerns. Now, Michael B. Jordan is bringing us something fresh and exciting with Raising Dion.
Jordan is no stranger to the superhero genre. In 2012, he made the leap from TV star (Friday Night Lights)to film star with the gritty super teen drama Chronicle. Three years later, he enraged racist fanboys by race-bending Johnny Storm for Fantastic Four. And next year, he’ll bring his bravado to the villainous Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther. But with Raising Dion, he’s stepping behind the scenes as executive producer.
EW announced that Netflix is backing the 10-episode high-concept family drama, which focuses on Nicole Reese, a Black single mom, and her super-powered young son, Dion. Jordan will also take on a small role, playing Dion’s late father (we assume in flashback).
“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before,” Netflix’s VP of original content Cindy Holland told Variety, “An origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother.”
Raising Dion is based on a short film and comic book by director Dennis Liu, who teams with writer Carol Barbee (UnReal) and producer Michael Green American Gods) for the TV adaptation. You can get a sense of what the show will have in store with the 2015 pitch video below.
There’s no word yet on when Raising Dion will hit Netflix. But tomorrow isn’t soon enough.