Alumni bring Marvel and DC Comics characters to life in fresh TV and film interpretations


We routinely marvel over alumni who become successful actors, but who would have thought that some would become Marvel and DC comics characters? But, lo and behold, that’s just what Calista Flockhart, Mike Colter, and Sebastian Stan have done—to dramatic effect—presenting their contemporary interpretations of yesterday’s comic book personalities on television, the internet, and the silver screen.

Flockhart MGSA’88, best known for her starring role as Ally McBeal on the eponymous television series, plays Cat Grant, an imperious media mogul. In her earlier comic book appearances, Grant worked at the Daily Planet and vied with Lois Lane for the amorous attention of Superman. These days, she is contending with the Man of Steel’s cousin, who is also her assistant, Kara Danvers. Danvers also happens to be Supergirl, played by Melissa Benoist. The two star in Supergirl, which has been airing weekly on CBS.

Colter MGSA’01 is Luke Cage, the comic book character from 1972 who was wrongfully imprisoned but has since developed some serious superpowers. In the Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, he plays opposite Krysten Ritter, who has become a private investigator since jettisoning her former superpowers, but she remains a formidable person, as Cage finds out.

Stan MGSA’05 is an unassuming guy—which is why he makes such an excellent James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, the dependable sidekick to Captain America. Stan has starred in the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he will appear in Captain America: Civil War, which will be released in May.

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Illustration by Martin Ansin.
Posted February 2016.