Royal Flush Gang Set To Tangle With The CW's Green ARROW

Royal Flush Gang Set To Tangle With The CW's Green ARROW

The Justice League villains are confirmed to tangle with Starling City's Arrow in the sixth episode of the series titled 'Legacies.' Actor Kyle Schmid confirmed to portray Ace.

On paper, the CW's Arrow appears to be making all the right moves. Deadshot, Deathstroke, Chyna White, Huntress and now The Royal Flush Gang (RFG) are all confirmed to appear on the show. Debuting in an episode titled 'Legacies', that probably implies that we won't see an origin story for the villains but one of the later incarnation of the RFG. The group has ties to Hector Hammond and Maxwell Lord in the pages of DC Comics.

Actor Kyle Schmid will portray Ace in the show's version of the RFG. Schmid was previously seen on Being Human" and "Blood Ties." Zap2It reports that his real name is Kyle Preston, a slight deviation from the Android Ace of the second generation Royal Flush Gang. No confirmation yet as to whether Schmid is indeed playing an android.

The Royal Flush Gang or RFG are fictional characters in DC Comics. They first appeared in Justice League of America #43 in March 1966 under the leadership of Professor Amos Fortune.

They are a group of playing card-themed supervillains who are usually thwarted by the superheroes they encounter. They have code names based on a royal flush in poker i.e. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten.

The original Royal Flush Gang was Professor Amos Fortune's childhood gang. With Fortune himself as Ace, they fought the Justice League on two occasions, using Fortune's luck-altering "stellaration" technology. The second Royal Flush Gang was set up by Green Lantern villain Hector Hammond in Justice League of America #203. Hammond led the group as "Wildcard". This version wore technologically advanced costumes based on the suit of spades. The gang split up and went on to have separate criminal careers before re-establishing themselves, without Hammond. They were twice hired by Maxwell Lord as part of his manipulation of Justice League International. Later, they were reorganized and reoutfitted by a successor to the Golden Age Green Lantern villain the Gambler. The post-crisis version of the Royal Flush Gang appears in Justice League of America (volume 2) #35. This version is working under the authority of Amos Fortune, who is addressed by other members as "Wild Card". In the following issue, Fortune gives a history of the gang. It seems to combine the first and third gangs' histories/characteristics, with Fortune indicating that he was always running the group in some capacity.

Arrow premiers October 10th on the CW.

Royal Flush Gang as seen on the animated series, Batman Beyond.

Official Series Description For CW's ARROW
ARROW: First Clear Look At The Costume And First Footage Revealed
Deadshot Joins Deathstroke And China White As Villains On CW's ARROW

Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: October 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell and Willa Holland
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Greg Berlanti (story/writer), Marc Guggenheim (story/writer), Andrew Kreisberg (writer), George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

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toco89 - 9/16/2012, 5:06 AM

You haven't seen it yet.

RFG best character addition I've heard so far. I'm afraid they might be saturating the first season with so many great characters though.

They're really gooing all or nothing, which I don't mind. If I only see one season it'll be this one.
Zordan - 9/16/2012, 5:17 AM
this show is going to be awesome
theboywonder - 9/16/2012, 5:18 AM
This is so cool! I love how this show is embracing the mythology right from the start. I loved RFG in Batman Beyond and Justice League
Zordan - 9/16/2012, 5:18 AM
all my non comic book friends are already into it just from trailers :)
TheSoulEater - 9/16/2012, 5:18 AM
I was just hoping that this would happen on this show! Just the other day!!!
Vafrous - 9/16/2012, 5:30 AM
Can't wait to see what Deadshot looks like...
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/16/2012, 5:31 AM
Will people stop deleting/getting upset over Grif's comments already? Sheesh!
Yea, i'm liking the sound of this show more and more!
DaddyTuesday - 9/16/2012, 5:31 AM
Not going to work. I sincerly hope it does but my gut says it will only disappoint.
AtomicChipmunk - 9/16/2012, 6:06 AM
Keep on raping DC characters CW.
calin88 - 9/16/2012, 6:31 AM
@AtomicChipmunk What do you expect? The RFG to be portrayed as dudes dresed in kings and jacks?
AtomicChipmunk - 9/16/2012, 7:13 AM
When they will be robbing a bank, why not?

I am pretty sure that most of the superheroes or super vilains will be smallvillized (meaning shitty costumes and shit origins).

Deadshot and Deathstroke could have been wearing black special ops suit (with small parts colored with the original colors, but darker). Add a high tech helmet for Deadshot and a [frick]ing balaclava for Deadstroke. We might see something better in Arrow but it's still made by CW, the channel that [frick]ing raped DC superheroes and vilains.
AtomicChipmunk - 9/16/2012, 7:16 AM
And why the [frick] is Green Arrow getting important vilains (Deathstroke and Deadshot)?
zachman2013 - 9/16/2012, 7:25 AM
Arrow will have its ups and downs, but it looks ten times better then smallville
TheThing - 9/16/2012, 7:34 AM
Wow this show is going to be an epic failure, it will not make it past the 1st season. Lame. This should never have been started, there are so many other heros that would have been better.
This is going to be a DC version of those stupid Vampire movies.
LP4 - 9/16/2012, 7:38 AM
I actually agree 100% with AtomicChipmunk. He's right. CW raped Deathstroke and Deadshot horribly. Those assholes made Deathstroke into [frick]ing john mcccain with an eye stone (they didn't even get the eye patch right)

With Deadshot they made him into a cowboy hick.

Deathstroke and Deadshot should pop up in movies, at least there they would be done justice AWAY from the [frick]ing retarded CW.

Smallville raped at least a dozen other characters too including even SUPERMAN himself.

@zachman2013- No offense but you can't really say it'll be ten times better than lame ass Smallville when all we have seen are a few set pics here and there. And with this show recycling the use of Lex's mansion from Smallville and the tired idea of ollie and merlyn being friends before enemies it seems this show will definitely revert into Smallville sadly.

tazmaniak - 9/16/2012, 7:44 AM
Anyone think John Barrowman might be playing his father?

This is just speculation, but even though Barrowman's character hasn't been revealed, we do know he will be a mysterious figure who is wealthy, a prominent figure in Starling City and an acquaintance of the Queen Family.

His first appears in episode 5.

Kyle Schmid first appears in episode 6 as Kyle Reston, also known as Ace. If you check the spoilers on Green Arrow TV, back before the RFG were revealed, there's speculation that a character named Derek will appear and be called the King of Diamonds.

Derek Reston is a comic book character who appeared in Justice League of America in the early 80s. He was the president of a corporation who was forced by Hector Hammond to build the android version of RFG member Ace.

Again, this is just speculation, but we have Barrowman as a prominent wealthy figure who has ties to the Queens. That would fit the president of a corporation.

You have a character named Kyle Reston also called Ace, who shares the last name with the man who actually created Ace in the comics. And you have rumors that a character named Derek (possibly Reston) may be in the episode and is being called The King of Diamonds. Creator and father is basically the same thing. He could easily be his father in this version.

Like the article says, episode 6 is called Legacies, so that could mean this is a multi-generational gang, with both father and son involved.

I'm not entirely familiar with the RFG, but I would assume King of Diamonds would be the leader of an incarnation.

We'll see.
Ranger14 - 9/16/2012, 7:56 AM
I really want to like this show and am willing to give it a go, but it doesn't make sense that they aren't going to have any villains with superpowers, yet they are going to have a super strong android and that is realistic enough for them?

I know the Royal Flush Gang is technologically-powered, but there can be a fine line sometimes between superpowers and technology. Just make the villains the way they are intended to be and don't worry about whether they have powers or not.
blackagar94 - 9/16/2012, 7:59 AM
You know CW wasn't involved in the creative decisions in Smallville right ? they were only producing, and saying if they were happy or not . It will be the same with Arrow. If you blame somoeone, blame the writers and designers, not CW.
tazmaniak - 9/16/2012, 8:04 AM
@Ranger14, He's going to be the human version, not the android.

They want to make a specific type of show. And that means unnatural or supernatural things don't fit in their world. They want to make a crime-thriller about a vigilante, not a straight-up superhero show. If that what it takes to keep a show on the air, then I'll roll with it. It actually fits Green Arrow, as he rarely encounters superhumans in his solo series, and didn't for a longtime during the Mike Grell run.

The producers said they will be using characters who have powers in the comics, but will creatively work around them not actually having powers. I figure technology will substitute metahuman abilities for these characters.
SHHH - 9/16/2012, 8:05 AM
Shit Show...
kenny38606 - 9/16/2012, 8:23 AM
@blackagar94, this is what I'm talking about. The CW, which is a network and not a person, doesn't write these shows. It's up to the showrunners and their staff. The network president gives suggestions, but he/she isn't involved in the writing process.

Also keep in mind that Dawn Ostroff, president of The CW since it's inception, left in June of last year. She was the former head of Lifetime and had a focus on fashion and soap opera-esque drama. She developed America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl and 90210 and championed those shows. She's the one who eventually decided the network would solely focus on a female audience, something The WB and UPN didn't do.

But Mark Pedowitz is now the head of The CW. While he headed ABC Studios, he developed shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives,Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty and Reaper (a show Ostroff canceled) and is a more well-rounded network president. He's made it clear the network can't survive if it focuses on that one demo and excludes the male audience.

He's said he's using the combo of Supernatural and Arrow to make a night that's aimed at male audiences. He also says that if Arrow is successful, he hopes to work with DC on developing more male-oriented superhero series.

Anyway, Pedowitz has held high positions at both MGM and ABC and is a lot more competent than the former CW president. He doesn't appear to favor the same shows Ostroff did at the detriment of other shows and he doesn't seem to be pushing the melodramatic plots on the shows.

I'm honestly looking forward to this season. Arrow, Supernatural, Nikita and Cult. Cult is a show that was in development at The WB back in 2006 and was then at ABC a few years ago. Pedowitz thought the project was so strong back when it was at ABC that it was the first thing he picked up when pilot season came around. Looks interesting.
cindercity12 - 9/16/2012, 8:32 AM
I say give it a chance. This show has executive producers, showrunners and writers who have worked with these characters for a number of years. They're not just random TV hires, but creators who have extensive knowledge of the DC Universe and actually care about the characters and how they're presented. I think that's something Smallville never had.

Until they give me a reason not to be, I'm excited.
Mego - 9/16/2012, 8:34 AM
Its funny how people keep tying this show to Smallville and have the total lunacy to proclaim it better.

When a show goes 218 episodes, during a time when TV viewership is so scattered among hundreds of channels and viewers lost to the internet, social media and other things that have emerged in the last decade, thats a big deal and an accomplishment. If the show wasn't great, it couldnt have lasted so long.

Even Soap Operas died off in the last decade.

And during Smallville's 218 episodes it had some peaks and valleys but even the worst of its episodes still had the brilliant cast such as John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum, Justin Hartley who took a nobody DC character with Oliver Queen and made him watchable, Alison Mack, Sam Witwer, James Marsters, Terrence Stamp, and etc.

Smallville was a show that made Clark Kent more than just an act.
I think most fanboys resent the show because of how chicks loved Welling just as they rant about Pattinson in Twilight.
As a comics reader I loved the show because for the most part it presented comics in a respectable way and it entertained.

Arrow hasnt aired one episode yet and until it makes it a few years it isn't better than anything.
And from the look of it, it won't last until a 2nd season.
PeterParker1991 - 9/16/2012, 9:20 AM
Yes. Bring it
jimpinto24 - 9/16/2012, 9:49 AM
This should be a great battle! Can't freaking wait for Arrow!
IDKwhatToChoose - 9/16/2012, 10:12 AM
No powers but guys flying around on cards. Yep VERY realistic take. Make up ur mind WB/CW smdh
lokibane2012 - 9/16/2012, 10:26 AM
this will be even gayer than smallville
TonyChu - 9/16/2012, 10:42 AM
I actually cant wait for this show.
Luminus - 9/16/2012, 11:34 AM
@cipher: So? Ever seen the Warriors? Great movie. If they can have gangs dressed up in costumes, then Arrow can. It can be adapted for the screen to work.

Luminus - 9/16/2012, 11:35 AM
By the way, those guys (Baseball gang) were riding around on skates in the movie, just to give you some perspective.
SugarYumYum - 9/16/2012, 12:26 PM
Been pretty "neutral" about this show but it's a bit hard not to get excited about all the major appearances happening. I don't watch the CW like... at all so I'm going to have to try really hard to remember to watch when it premieres.

And I'm going to hazard a guess that the main reason they're overloading this show with major players is because it's the only platform they have right now to test drive characters and see which ones the general audience will dig enough to check out in future projects.
oldnoname - 9/16/2012, 12:53 PM
I'm looking foreward to this show.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 9/16/2012, 12:54 PM
It will be interesting to see how the RFG will look and be portrayed.If anything Arrow seems like it's going to be loaded with a lot of action. Iwant to see how the Huntress looks on the show, I hope she looks really close to the comic book version.
Optimus83 - 9/16/2012, 2:55 PM
Royal Flush Gang from Batman Beyond or DC Comics???
silverdog - 9/16/2012, 2:57 PM
well, that's what is left after they have to discard 90% of the characters they could have used with the stupid "no superpowers" policy.
Pooh - 9/16/2012, 4:31 PM
This could be interesting.
SuperDude001 - 9/16/2012, 4:40 PM
Why are people so excited? This is starting to sound like just another Smallville without the finale let down but all the highs and lows which weren't that special.
I mean sure RFG will probs be cool but I don't this show will last.
Mego - 9/16/2012, 4:54 PM
@SuperDude001 You act as if Smallville was some form of failure.
10 years-219 episodes.
Very high sales for the DVDs and Blu Ray.
Many great episodes with a great cast.

You and others may not have liked or watched Smallville, but attempted to paint it as a failure or a bad show isn't going to work.
dekexz19 - 9/16/2012, 6:14 PM
@AtomicChipmunk actually theyve already said that all costumes will be very close to the comics so shut up before you start attacking the sho .so check your facts
Grimm - 9/16/2012, 8:52 PM
not sold on this show just yet...
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