Raising Dion

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Raising Dion
Raising Dion Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byCarol Barbee
Based onRaising Dion
by Dennis Liu
Starring
Music byKris Bowers
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Carol Barbee
  • Charles D. King
  • Kim Roth
  • Poppy Hanks
  • Kenny Goodman
  • Dennis Liu
  • Seith Mann
  • Michael Green
  • Michael B. Jordan
Producer(s)
  • Robert F. Phillips
  • Edward Ricourt
  • Juanita Diana Feeney
Cinematography
  • Armando Salas
  • Peter Flinckenberg
Editor(s)
  • James D. Wilcox
  • Scott James Wallace
  • Elisa R. Cohen
  • William Yeh
Running time38–50 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Fixed Mark Productions
  • MACRO
  • Outlier Society Productions
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Raising Dion is an American superhero science fiction web television series that premiered October 4, 2019 on Netflix.[1] It is based on the 2015 comic book and short film of the same name by Dennis Liu.[2]

Premise[edit]

Raising Dion follows the story of a woman who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark. The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son's gifts secret with the help of Mark's best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alisha Wainwright as Nicole Reese: a widowed mother who is raising her son alone while trying to manage his supernatural abilities after the death of her husband.
  • Ja'Siah Young as Dion Warren: Nicole's eight-year-old, superpowered son.
  • Jazmyn Simon as Kat Neese: Nicole's older sister who is a surgeon.
  • Sammi Haney as Esperanza Jimenez: Dion's classmate and best friend. She also has the "brittle bone disease" osteogenesis imperfecta.[4]
  • Jason Ritter as Pat Rollins: an engineer at a biotech company called BIONA, Mark's best friend, and Dion's godfather.

Recurring[edit]

  • Michael B. Jordan as Mark Warren: a scientist and Nicole's deceased husband.
  • Gavin Munn as Jonathan King: Dion's classmate and bully.
  • Ali Ahn as Suzanne Wu: a scientist and the chief executive officer of BIONA.
  • Donald Paul as Mr. Anthony Fry: Dion's science teacher.
  • Matt Lewis as Mr. Campbell: Dion's school principal.
  • Marc Menchaca as Walter Mills: a farmer who is a superpowered man from the Iceland event.
  • Moriah Brown as Willa.
  • Diana Chiritescu as Jill Noona.
  • Kylen Davis as Malik: Nicole's teenage neighbor; Tessa's son.
  • Dana Gourrier as Tessa: Nicole's neighbor; Malik's mother.
  • Deirdre Lovejoy as Charlotte Tuck: a woman saved by Mark in a storm. She is another woman with superpowers from the Iceland event.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 5, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series is based on the comic book of the same name written by Dennis Liu and illustrated by Jason Piperberg. Liu then directed a short film based on his comic. Carol Barbee adapted a screenplay from the short film and comic and is the showrunner for the series. Executive producers for the series were set to include Liu, Barbee, Michael B. Jordan, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Kenny Goodman, and Michael Green. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Outlier Society Productions and MACRO.[3][5] The series premiered on October 4, 2019.[1]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial announcement of the series order, it was confirmed that Michael B. Jordan had been cast in a supporting role in the series.[3] In June 2018, it was announced that Jason Ritter, Jazmyn Simon, Alisha Wainwright, and Ja'Siah Young had been cast as a series regulars.[6][7][8] In July 2018, Donald Paul was cast as a recurring role in the series. On January 29, 2019, it was reported that Ali Ahn had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[9]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began in late July 2018 in various cities and towns in Georgia including Chattahoochee Hills and Fairburn. Filming continued in the same areas in August 2018 and also took place in Midtown Atlanta at locations including the Fox Theatre.[10]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"ISSUE #101: How Do You Raise a Superhero?"Seith MannCarol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
2"ISSUE #102: Fortress of Solitude"Seith MannJoshua Sternin & Jennifer VentimiliaOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
3"ISSUE #103: Watch Man"Rachel GoldbergLeigh Dana JacksonOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
4"ISSUE #104: Welcome to BIONA. Hope You Survive the Experience"Rachel GoldbergEdward RicourtOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
5"ISSUE #105: Days of Mark's Future Past"Seith MannCarol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
6"ISSUE #106: Super Friends"Dennis LiuMichael PoissonOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
7"ISSUE #107: Why So Vomity?"Neema BarnetteKimberly NdombeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
8"ISSUE #108: You Won't Like Him When He's Angry"Neema BarnetteTeleplay by : Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia & Edward Ricourt
Story by : Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia
October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
9"ISSUE #109: Storm Killer"Seith MannLeigh Dana Jackson and Carol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)

Release[edit]

On September 18, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.[11]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 80% approval rating for the series, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 6.58/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great."[12] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series was assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b White, Peter (August 16, 2019). "'Raising Dion': Netflix Sets Premiere Date & Unveils First Images Of Sci-Fi Family Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Gajanan, Mahita (September 1, 2015). "Raising Dion: a diverse comic book that turns its back on superhero tropes". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (October 5, 2017). "Netflix Orders Black Superhero Family Drama 'Raising Dion' Co-Starring Michael B. Jordan From Charles D. King's MACRO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Haney, Sammi (September 25, 2019). "Meet Sammi, the 9-Year-Old Actress With a Disability Co-Starring in Netflix's 'Raising Dion'". The Mighty. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 6, 2017). "Netflix Gives Series Order to Michael B. Jordan's Sci-Fi Family Drama 'Raising Dion'". Variety. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Denise, Petski (June 20, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Jason Ritter To Star In Netflix's Superhero Family Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (June 26, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Jazmyn Simon Joins Netflix's Superhero Family Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (June 27, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Alisha Wainwright & Newcomer Ja'Siah Young To Star; Seith Mann To Direct & Exec Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (January 30, 2019). "Matt Lauria Joins Apple's 'Dickinson', Ali Ahn In Netflix's 'Raising Dion'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Walljasper, Matt (August 27, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Stranger Things, Raising Dion, Queen America, Superintelligence, plus unpacking the new FilmL.A. report". Atlanta. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Prudom, Laura (September 19, 2019). "Netflix's Raising Dion Trailer - Exclusive First Look". IGN. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Raising Dion: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Raising Dion: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved November 11, 2019.

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