Watch the First Trailer for Netflix's New Superhero Show Raising Dion

Last week, we offered a first look at Netflix’s upcoming comic book drama Raising Dion, executive produced by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan (who also co-stars in the series). Today, we can exclusively reveal the first trailer for Raising Dion, which gives viewers an introduction to our super-powered seven-year-old hero, Dion (Ja’Siah Young), his mom, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), and the many challenges they face when Dion starts exhibiting incredible abilities.Watch the first Raising Dion trailer below:

We interviewed Dennis Liu, who created the eponymous comic book and serves as executive producer on Raising Dion (in addition to directing the sixth episode) to learn more about his inspiration for this unique series, which tells a superhero origin story from the perspective of both an optimistic – if awkward – kid, and his mother.

“Creatively, there were several inspirations for Raising Dion. My wife Marie and I were on our honeymoon in the Arctic Circle looking at the Northern Lights. We were discussing whether or not we would be good parents. What would our child be like? What if we weren’t good at it? What if these crazy lights gave them superpowers? And what if we had to take care of him/her!?” Liu shared over email. “In addition, I always thought single moms of color, particularly African American women, were America’s ultimate hero for obvious reasons … I think creativity is simply combining things in your life and making sense of it into a work of art.”

The show is based on Liu’s Raising Dion comic (with art by Jason Piperberg) which was published in 2017, but Liu reveals that he chose to hold off on releasing further issues to allow the TV series to stand on its own.

“The comic has many differences from the series – the comic focuses more on designer babies and CAS-9 technology (nature vs. nurture), and Nicole used to be an illustrator who works at BIONA [the company where Dion’s father, Mark, worked],” Liu revealed. “But I made the decision early to never release more comics so that the canon didn’t get mixed up with the TV version. I always thought that was super confusing in comics, with multiple storylines of the same idea, and I didn’t want to hurt the show. Sometimes fans get super upset when things are different, and compromises have to be made to keep the aircraft carrier moving. So I’ll be happy to finish going back to the comics at some point!”

Netflix’s Raising Dion

Michael B. Jordan plays Dion’s father, Mark, who apparently died under mysterious circumstances sometime before the events of the series take place. But as you can see from the trailer, Mark still plays a pivotal role in the story. “What I love about Mark is that he’s a brilliant scientist. He and Nicole have the most awesome love story in the first issue of the comic,” Liu said of Jordan’s role. “So if you’re a closet romantic like me, you’ll be excited to see how that unfolds throughout the season.”

One of the loglines for Liu’s comic is “Imagine Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view,” and Liu explained that the show will be dismantling many of the tropes of the superhero genre by telling the story from Nicole’s perspective. “Nicole will do anything to protect Dion, and Dion is 7 and is more whimsical with his abilities. Dion’s not that stereotypical creepy kid with powers that freaks everyone out. He’s like, having fun with it. It’s a positive thing. I think that’s why the cereal milk shot is iconic. Only a kid would think of doing that.”

He added, “Another trope we broke was that Dion’s powers are unpredictable and always changing. Watching my siblings follow their kids’ passions was probably a motivation. Some days they’re into chess and drawing, other times they’re into math and gymnastics. We treated powers the same. Interests come and go – so you have to fuel the ones you are most passionate about and master them.”

Liu is currently working on a new comic project, Ling, featuring an Asian American superhero, in which “a 2D magical fox teleports into a teen girl’s washing machine and she needs to figure out why.” He revealed that a commitment to creating an inclusive, “progressive” series without being “preachy” was a driving factor in creating Raising Dion, which he said achieved the goal of having a 50/50 split of male and female directors in its first season.

“It began as a labor project short film and comic in 2014. I was doing work at the Director’s Guild of America [Eastern Diversity Steering Committee] to help promote diversity in the TV directing rosters, and was wondering what I could do to help fix the systemic problems of hiring women and PoC as directors in TV,” Liu recalled. “Five years later, this little indie comic became one of Netflix’s most diversely hired shows in writers, cast and crew, and I’m most proud that we achieved this with my producers at MACRO and Outlier Society [Jordan’s production company]. TV shows come and go increasingly after short seasons, but the impact we made in the business is long-lasting, both in front of and behind the camera. We’ve got great, positive images coming for America and the world. For that sole reason, I hope Raising Dion continues.”

Season 1 of Raising Dion will be released globally on Netflix on October 4. For more on Raising Dion, check out our interview with showrunner Carol Barbee and the star who plays Nicole, Alisha Wainwright.

Watch the trailer for Michael B. Jordan’s next film, Just Mercy, below:

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