The Arrowverse's upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths event features the villainous Anti-Monitor, and now fans can see what he looks like. The highly anticipated crossover will air this December and January and feature characters from Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning. Several guest stars will also take part, including Smallville's Tom Welling and Erica Durance, Jon Cryer, and Burt Ward. Ward originally played Robin in the '60s Batman TV show. A Crisis on Infinite Earths set photo suggests Ward will again play someone related to Batman, as he was seen walking a dog some are theorizing is Ace the Bat-Hound.
LaMonica Garrett will play both the Anti-Monitor and the heroic Monitor, who's already shown up in the Arrowverse several times in the last year. In last week's premiere of The Flash, The Monitor warned Barry Allen that he would die during the Crisis but would save billions in the process. This week's episode saw Barry attempting to travel to the day after his death to find clues to prevent it. The Monitor also played a role in last night's Arrow season 8 premiere, where he sent Oliver Queen to Earth-2 to fetch some dwarf star particles. The Anti-Monitor hasn't been spotted yet but will play a huge role in Crisis on Infinite Earths as the central villain.
Today, EW shared the first-look photo of Garrett as the Anti-Monitor. In the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic, the Anti-Monitor is from an anti-matter universe in contrast to The Monitor, who represents positive matter. The two are equals, so that as the Anti-Monitor's powers increase, The Monitor's decrease. This means the two can't fight directly, which leads The Monitor to recruit other heroes to do the job, as he has already started to do on screen. Over the summer, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared concept art for the Anti-Monitor that bears a similar resemblance to the finished product. Check out the photo of Garrett as the Anti-Monitor below:
The stakes for Crisis on Infinite Earths couldn't be higher. Not only is Barry destined to die, so is Oliver. In addition to warnings from The Monitor, both also have physical proof. Barry's seen the date on the newspaper titled "Flash Missing, Vanishes in Crisis," which confirms what The Monitor told him. The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace also recently discussed Barry's death, saying, "We know that on December 10, 2019, the Flash will die…We’re not messing around." Meanwhile, Arrow viewers have seen Oliver's headstone, which clearly has 2019 as the year of his death. In the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic, Barry and Oliver both die, as does Supergirl.
With the potential to do that much damage to the Arrowverse, it's important that the Anti-Monitor look capable of that much destruction. In this first photo, he looks intimidating and has the right amount of contrast to The Monitor. Both have similar armor, but the Anti-Monitor's is much darker. He also looks much more grizzled than The Monitor does, most likely because of his anti-matter beginnings. With Crisis on Infinite Earths only a couple months away, Arrowverse fans should be excited to get a look at the crossover's biggest villain.