The Monitor’s role in the upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover has been a bit up in the air. Though later promos plus the Earth-90 tag shows that the Monitor or Mar Novu (LaMonica Garrett) does not come in peace.
We were already side-eyeing the guy for trusting an Arkham Asylum doctor with a reality altering book. So just what are his intentions? Why does he destroy the various Earths in this way?
Garrett talked with Entertainment Weekly about the epic three-part event and his role.
“He’s vital. He’s not going to be in every other scene. You’re not going to get overloaded with him, but he comes in early, he comes in hard, and his presence is felt throughout the whole three episodes. He’s driving the crossover.”
On preparing for the role, Garrett went back to read some Monitor heavy stories. Of course, however, this cosmic entity doesn’t get explored much.
“I went back and re-read Crisis. I read it like years ago, re-read and refreshed it, but there isn’t a lot of material on the Monitor, as well. He kicked around Teen Titans, and he was a weapons dealer for villains. He was spotted here and there, but nothing really significant, like he didn’t have a whole series dedicated to him. So, what I did is find out what he’s about, what his fears are, what drives him, what needs, and like with any character, the rest kind of falls into place.”
As for the Arrowverse’s Monitor, the question comes down to: what are his motivations?
“Like I said, he did bad things for a good cause in the comic books. Now in this Arrowverse version of the Monitor, you might not like him [or] you might love him, but I think by the end of the third episode you’ll get an idea of where he’s coming from. To me, the best villains — and I’m not saying he’s a villain or a hero; you can’t really classify him as good or evil — are the ones that are doing things and you get their logic and you know why they’re doing it, but you’re [like], “You still can’t do that. I know where you’re coming from, but that’s the wrong way of going about it.” To me, that was Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. I get what he’s doing, it makes all the sense in the world, but you just can’t do that. So, I think some people may think he’s an antagonist and others may get a different take on him, but I think that’s the fun of watching it as well.”
Well, geez dude, tell us that he’s not going to snap people out of existence like Thanos (Josh Brolin) did.
Hopefully, no one in the Arrowverse gets snapped. Otherwise, we’re going to have some issues.
“Elseworlds” will air December 9th, 10th, and 11th at 8/7c on the CW.