Dougray Scott has been tapped to play Jacob Kane, who is described as the male lead of the pilot for potential CW series ‘Batwoman’. Jacob Kane is the father of the young hero Batwoman, a.k.a. Kate Kane, played by Ruby Rose. Rose debuted as Batwoman during December’s ‘Elseworlds’ crossover between ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, and ‘Supergirl’.
Marcos Siega (‘Blindspot’, ‘God Friended Me’) has come aboard to direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. He replaces David Nutter, who stepped down due to personal matters, but is still attached as EP. Caroline Dries serves as showrunner.
On ‘Batwoman’, Jacob Kane, a retired military colonel, will have “a chip on his shoulder for Batman,” who won’t be part of the series. Kane now runs a private security firm called The Crows, with the intention of proving that they are more effective at protecting Gotham City than the Dark Knight or any other costumed vigilantes.
It doesn’t sound as though he will know that Kate is secretly Batwoman, which deviates from the comics, in which he served as the Q to Kate’s Bond, guiding her from their home base while she was in the field. Instead, on the show, it sounds as though they will be adversaries.
Scott was previously cast to play a different superhero, Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ movies, until filming on ‘Mission: Impossible 2’ ran long, causing him to be replaced by Hugh Jackman. And the rest is history.
He recently starred in the second reason of ‘Snatch’ on Crackle. Before that, he played Sir Percival Glyde on the BBC’s miniseries ‘The Woman in White’. Over the years, he has also appeared in ‘Ever After: A Cinderella Story’, ‘The Ten Commandments’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Hemlock Grove’, and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’.
Stay tuned for updates, including whether or not The CW orders ‘Batwoman’ to series.