Jon M. Chu Talks 'The LXD': Dancers Don't Need Special Effects Because They're 'Superheroes'

We live in a world where dancers are superheroes, and it's all thanks to director Jon M. Chu. No, I'm not talking about his upcoming Justin Bieber movie, "Never Say Never," (did you watch the trailer today?), but give it a few more years, and we're sure The Biebs will star as some superhero or another. Instead, we're talking about Jon's genre-bending web series "The LXD," a.k.a "The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers."


The second season of the show premieres tomorrow on Hulu, and Jon already told MTV News earlier in the year that this season is all about the show's villains, The Alliance of the Dark. "We see these sort of as the 'Avengers' style," he explained. "In season two, which is them coming into learning what the LXD is, learning about what the organization is, learning who their enemies are, learning what the power, which we call RA."

When we caught up with Jon at New York Comic-Con, he explained that to him, the story was always about the dancers, and though it was inspired by comics it was never meant to be a comic book story. He borrowed from his own experience of knowing the "mythological" elements of dancers that he's met to add to the superhero element of the show.

"These guys are superheroes, and they don't need any special effects, because all their special abilities are what they actually do," he explained. "So they could be in this room right now and spin on their head 80 times if they wanted to, but what's the story behind it? How do you learn to do that 80 times? You must have had some sort of incident or something where you just wanted to learn that in some way, or motivation, so that's where the stories sort of come from."

Since Jon knew the backstories of all the different dancers, he wanted to share that sort of "fascinating background" with other people who might not be as familiar. When discussing the way he was initially introduced to a particular dancer, Jon explained, "The guy would walk into a club, and [someone would explain], 'Oh, that guy is this person, this person and he had this rivalry with that guy on the other side of the room, and his sister dated him, and they battle and he beat him, and blah blah blah,' so they were presented to me in sort of this mythological way. So it wasn't just a guy dancing in a club, it was a guy who had pride and revenge and all these things, so they were bigger stories."

Are you looking forward to the second season of "The LXD"? Do you appreciate how Jon M. Chu melded dancing and comics?