If there’s one thing you can be sure of about Netflix’s new Michael B. Jordan led superhero series, it’s that it probably isn’t going to be Michael B. Jordan led. I mean… they kill him in the trailer. It looks like he dies in the prologue, or at least in the first act. I’m sure he’ll come back in some way, whether it’s by magic or flashback, but this feels more like marketing than anything else.
The good news is that once you get past the serious lack of Jordan, there’s still a great cast that includes Alisha Wainwright, Ja’Siah Young, Jason Ritter, Jazmyn Simon, and Sammi Haney. It also looks like it could be a pretty compelling story about the challenges of raising a boy with super powers in a world that doesn’t trust or understand things that are different.
A young boy struggling to control his newfound powers. A single mom fighting the odds to keep her son safe. Secrets, conspiracies, mysteries, all dangerously swarming around one family… Raising Dion launches October 4th, only on Netflix.
Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who raises her son Dion (newcomer Ja’Siah Young) after the death of her husband, Mark (Michael B. Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Jason Ritter), and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.