‘Arrow’: CW series producers say Royal Flush Gang is in the cards

Oct. 08, 2012 | 6:03 p.m.
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Stephen Amell as the title character in "Arrow." (Kharen Hill / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Michael Courtney / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Katie Cassidy as Laurel, left, and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as the title character in "Arrow." (Michael Courtney / The CW)

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Stephen Amell, left, as Oliver Queen and David Ramsey as Diggle in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

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Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen in the new CW series "Arrow." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

The creators of CW’s upcoming “Arrow” already have promised a grittier Green Arrow — Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen sports a leather-and-hoodie ensemble from Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, and the world he inhabits on the new series premiering Wednesday is designed to believably be home to a rough-hewn vigilante.

But that doesn’t mean that the producers, including”Green Lantern’s” Greg Berlanti and “Smallville’s” David Nutter, are prepared to abandon the character’s comic book roots — DC characters including China White, Huntress and Deadshot will get some screen time.  And now it seems the Royal Flush Gang are on deck to shuffle things up as well.

“Arrow” producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and star Amell met with reporters Monday to tout the new superhero drama and revealed that the costumed cadre of supervillains will stroll through Starling City. Their costumes, however, will be much less flamboyant and their powers less mystical than in comics.

“You’ll see with the Royal Flush Gang, that the dynamic of the family, and the iconography of the playing cards are going to be there, without the supernatural bent,” said Kreisberg, a writer and executive producer of the series.  “I think we’ve come up with a really clever way to portray them in a more grounded, realistic world.”

The playing-card villains will make their debut in the sixth episode of the drama, with Currie Graham (“The Mentalist,” “NYPD Blue”) playing the leader of the gang, King. “We’re really proud of that episode,” Kreisberg said. “We think it’s one of the most successful attempts at alchemy that we’ve performed.”

Green Arrow first appeared in 1941, but viewers of the series won’t necessarily need to know decades of comic book back story to appreciate the show, which will ponder the consequences of vigilantism even as Queen metes out his own brand of justice with bows and arrows in crime-ridden city streets.

Given that, might another famous vigilante appear on the series? “Never say never” is all Guggenheim would say when asked about whether fans could expect a cameo from Batman — or, for that matter, Superman  —though for the moment, a Bruce Wayne drop-in appears doubtful.

“As much as we love bringing in DC comic characters, it’s really important that this is a show about Oliver Queen,” Kreisberg  said. “When you get too close to the naturally iconic characters like Batman and Superman, you’re starting to suggest there is a bigger world outside of Starling City and, for right now, we want it to feel like Oliver Queen is the star of the show.”

– Yvonne Villarreal

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7 Responses to ‘Arrow’: CW series producers say Royal Flush Gang is in the cards

  1. KATRINA CRAWFORD says:

    just watched the new show arrow……..LOVE IT,,,,AMAZING…THANKYOU FOR SOMETHING NEW AND HEART THUMPING,,,,,,,,,CANT WAIT TO WATCH MORE,,,,,,

  2. dear i had been waiting in excitiment and guess what i missed the first epsidoe as it comes on the one station we can’t get on dish. so i did not see how he got there or anything else why did yaw not place it on channel six as well. i and my family really did want to watch really bad to. but good luck with the new series. sincerely virginia

  3. we missed the new series will the aire the same epsiode again as a rebut for the new series hope so we really wanted to see it why only cw and not channel six as well? could you maybe think about. sincerely virginia

  4. JLB says:

    FIrst episode was much better than I expected. Looking forward to see how it developes!

  5. dopper0189 says:

    Was not impressed with the show and I was very looking forward to it.

  6. lisa says:

    totally hook and halfway in love with Arrow. I liked that he has the other gentlman helping, who tends to play his jiminy cricket. His best friend who i did not like and am now thinking he is okay. I love thea, want to slap the momma, and begrudging love that the detective dad is starting to re-think the Hood's intentions. Looking forward to January and the start up of the 2nd half of the season

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