DC Comics has published an interview with LaMonica Garrett in which he discusses being cast to play The Monitor in The CW’s “Elseworlds” crossover.
How much did you know about the Monitor when you got the role?
I didn’t know anything about what I was auditioning for. During the audition process, we had dummy sides. I think the character’s name was “Lon-El,” and they said he was a powerful Kryptonian. There were two long scenes with me going toe-to-toe with Superman, and I’m wondering who it is. Are they bringing Val-Zod out? I could play black Superman! I mean, I didn’t know where we were going.
But after a few auditions, I found out I got it, but I still didn’t know who it was. That’s when they said, “You’ll be playing the Monitor.”
So, then I’m wondering which Monitor. Is it Nix Uotan? But no, they said it’s the original Monitor—the Anti-Monitor’s brother. And when you hear that, the first place you go to is Crisis on Infinite Earths. So, I was excited to see the script because I was thinking, they can’t be doing Crisis. That’s a big deal.
I read the script and was amazed, and just couldn’t wait to jump into it.