Oh Hell Yeah Netflix Is Making a Show About a Single Black Mom Raising a Superhero Son

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At a time where popular culture is permeated with superheroes, the comic and short film Raising Dion flips the script on the genre.


Instead of focusing on Dion, a seven-year-old boy who develops multiple different superpowers, the story follows his mother Nicole, a normal, non-superpowered single mother attempting to raise her son while keeping his powers a secret. And now, thanks to Michael B. Jordan and Charles D. King’s MACRO, the comic will become a television series on Netflix.

Netflix ordered 10 episodes of Raising Dion, which was adapted and written by Carol Barbee, best known as the showrunner of UnREAL’s second season. Technically the show was in development last year, but underwent some changes after Stranger Things blew up. Liu will direct and executive produce along with your boyfriend Michael B. Jordan who will also play a supporting role (Nicole’s deceased husband). The show marks the first TV series from MACRO, a media company started by former agent Charles D. King that focuses on diverse storytelling.

In a statement, Liu said (via Shadow and Act):

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.

It should be interesting to see just how the show expands the universe Liu created.

Isha is a staff reporter who covers pop culture, representation in media, and your new faves.