Batwoman has lost one of its cast members after only two seasons, as it has been revealed that Dougray Scott, who plays Jacob Kane, will not be returning for season three. Following the season two finale, showrunner Caroline Dries made the announcement.
“Having Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane on Batwoman was incredibly special for all of us,” Dries told EW in a statement. “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!”
“The character obviously had a really intense storyline,” Dries said. “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, “So it worked out that it was mutual [with Scott]. 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 storyline worked out for him. It allowed us to give Dougray some really rich stuff toward the end.”
“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.”
Batwoman season 3 will debut on The CW on Oct. 13.