'Raising Dion' Season 2: 5 things you need to know about Netflix's child superhero drama
With the release of a new season of the child superhero drama that has a POC playing lead, here's everything you need to know
There has been a cultural shift taking place over the years as far as the superhero genre is concerned. The shift comes after decades of White superheroes swooping around saving the day and is a much-needed breath of fresh air. It seems like a safe bet to say that Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' kickstarted this change. The film, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya and others, opened to phenomenal commercial success and outstanding critical response.
However, the smaller screens and creators associated with them took it upon themselves to represent people of color in the superhero genre a little earlier when compared to Hollywood. 2016 saw ABC Studios and Marvel Television air 'Luke Cage,' a show about a Black man, a former convict, as he chooses a life of crimefighting and rebuilds his life and confronts his past as he fights a battle for the heart of his city.
HBO eventually put out a TV series based on 'Watchmen,' the legendary graphic novel that also spawned a film directed by Zack Snyder. The TV series revolves around the events that are connected to Black vigilantes and even touches upon the gory Tulsa race massacre. Simultaneously, Netflix released 'Raising Dion,' a superhero drama that focuses on a Black child who starts to manifest several supernatural abilities. The reason why 'Raising Dion' stands alone in comparison to its counterparts is simple yet mindblowing. While the rest of the shows were about adults, 'Raising Dion' was and continues to be about a child!
When and where can you watch 'Raising Dion' Season 2?
The show is all set to release on Netflix on February 1, 2022. 'Raising Dion' is available exclusively on the streaming giant's services around the world.
What is 'Raising Dion' all about?
The summary says, "A widowed mom sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her young son's emerging superpowers while keeping his extraordinary gifts under wraps." The show is about Nicole and the challenges she faces raising her son Dion as a single parent and how those challenges get amplified when she finds out that her son has superhero-like abilities.
Who stars in 'Raising Dion'?
The 10-year-old from Pennsylvania is no stranger to the camera. Young made his TV debut when he was all of 4, playing the role of Big Shot in 'Billy on the Street.' He has also starred in feature films such as 'Rough Night' and 'Nicole and O.J.' Young plays Dion Warren, a seven-year-old who manifests several superhero-like, magical abilities.
Other actors who are part of the Netflix drama are Alisha Wainwright, Jazmyn Simon, Sammi Haney, Jason Ritter, Michael B Jordan, Gavin Munn, Donald Paul, Matt Lewis, Mark Menchaca and Moriah Brown.
Who are the showrunners?
The show is executive produced by Michael B Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Michael Green, Charles D King, Poppy Hanks, Marta Fernandez, Dennis Liu and Darrent Grant. Showrunner Carol Barbee also serves as an executive producer. 'Raising Dion' is produced by Fixed Mark Productions, Outlier Society Productions and MACRO.