Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane on 'Batwoman.' Photo by Bettina Strauss/The CW
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Dougray Scott and Wallis Day will not be returning for Batwoman

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After the season 2 finale aired on June 27, leaving fans with more questions than answers, the trades have confirmed that series regular Dougray Scott will not return for Season 3 of “The CW” superhero drama. For those who don’t know, Scott was known for his role as Commander Jacob Kane, father of Kate Kane and Alice, and has been with the show since season one. 

“Batwoman” is dealing with another cast shakeup. Along with the departure of Scott, actress Wallis Day has confirmed she is leaving the show after being recast as Kate Kane. The CW crime thriller did receive positive news, with the official announcement of a Season 3 renewal. As of now, season 3 will premiere on October 13, 2021, later this fall.

Showrunner Caroline Dries said in a statement, “Having Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane on Batwoman was incredibly special for all of us, An actor with his pedigree and reputation elevates any project, and he had great chemistry with his castmates. We loved telling Commander Kane’s story for the last two seasons, and we will always leave the door open to have him return. We wish him the very best!” 

In a recent interview for Entertainment Weekly, Dries sat down and explained the reasoning to write Scott’s character off. Her answer was short, and sweet Dries called the move a “natural conclusion to the Crows storyline.”

“The character obviously had a really intense story line,” she said, referencing Jacob’s grief over the loss of his daughter and his subsequent Snakebite addiction. “The story was just lending itself of wrapping up the Crows because we took such a hard stance against police brutality this season and really used the Crows to represent the metaphor of that. For us, the story could really only end to Ryan’s satisfaction [if the Crows were] shut down completely. To us, there was no version of the Crows that could exist that felt okay; that felt like a compromise.”

Dries continued, “Once we kind of made that decision — and obviously Kate isn’t staying on the show — this character of Jacob had sort of run its course, for better or for worse, through that story line… We ended up being able to really write to a good ending for Jacob, just kind of knowing in advance that’s what we were going to do. I’m very pleased with how that story line worked out for him. It allowed us to give Dougray some really rich stuff toward the end.”

Now with Kate and Jacob Kane being officially written off. The only members of the Kane family are Alice(Rachel Skarsten) and Mary(Nicole Kang). To report, after season 2 transpired, Alice is currently incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. This leaves the possibility of the villain returning in season 3 or possibly beyond.

According to Dries, their dynamics will be explored in season 3.

“What will be fun in season 3 is really rejuvenating this relationship between Mary and Alice,” Dries said. “She is literally the last person there is for her family. Likewise for Alice, Mary is the last one there is. So they will find that they have this common thing, but they also don’t care for each very much. It’ll make a very fun dynamic.”

In addition to Scott’s departure, Dries has also confirmed that Wallis Day, who took on the role of Kate Kane after Ruby Rose’s departure, will not be returning as well. During the season 2 finale, Kate Kane revealed that she would be leaving Gotham to find her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne.

The “Arrowverse” has had a history of bringing back series regulars in guest-starring roles, and as Dries has stated previously, “we will always leave the door open to have him return.” Batwoman season 3 premieres on October 13. 

Jahlil Rush

Jahlil Rush attends CUNY Baruch College in New York City. He is double majoring in journalism and digital communication while also double minoring in photography and film. The passion for journalism has always resided within him. He loves covering topics of all kinds, from politics to entertainment to even fashion and technology. When it comes to covering anything related to superheroes, video games and animation, he gets extra excited. One day he hopes to achieve his career Goal of becoming an ABC News National Correspondent and Photojournalist. Check out some of his work on Flickr and find him on Contently.

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  1. Caroline Dries? your making the worst mistake in the history of DC show making. The best way to make things right for Arrowverse to let Season 3 be the one where Kate Kane (in the form or Wallis Day or Ruby Rose or anyone who looks like any of them depending on the face status) is being seen finding bruce and maybe even Damian. They return to Gotham as Batman, Batwoman 1.0 and Robin 4.0 to help Ryan and Luke fight the villains in gotham and make gotham a much better place.

    By the way here are theories on Kate’s face change.

    If Ruby Rose will resume the arrowverse Kate Kane, then it is simply because Kate Kane had a fake face on her in the form of Wallis Day the whole time since the hypnotism. And I hope they will pick any awesome lady for DCEU’s Batwoman even if they decide to use Wallis Day. When she is on her way to find bruce she takes the fake face off and uses more of the rebirth skin creme to fix her real face.

    If Wallis Day than it was because when black mask used the rebirth skin creme on Kate to fix her burnt skin and make her look like his dead daughter, he also used some sort of plastic facial surgery to make Ruby’s burnt face to mold it into a beautiful new face in the form of Wallis and I hope Ruby Rose will end up play DCEU’s batwoman.

    Either Way, I hope season 3 will include Kate Kane finding Bruce and they return to help the others while Ryan Wilder is either being used by Poison Ivy or being held prisoner while Clayface is mimicking her.

    Two Batwomen can be way better than one. Kate Kane is the reason why the batwoman show exists. by erasing Kate forever, your making the show become 100% unwatchable.

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