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.