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The CW's Batwoman Casts Kate Kane's Father

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The CW's upcoming Batwoman has cast Mission: Impossible II alum Dougray Scott as Kate Kane's father.

According to Deadline's description of the character, Jacob Kane is "a former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman... Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could. But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter."

Created by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, Jacob Kane debuted in 2009's Detective Comics #854. In the comics, he has acted as both a help and a hindrance for his daughter Kate in her adventures as Batwoman. Earlier iterations of the character came to Kate's aid, serving as her "man in the chair" of sorts. However, in more recent comics, he became an antagonist who went too far in his quest to protect Gotham City against all threats -- including vigilantes like Batman and Batwoman.

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Introduced during the Arrowverse's "Elseworlds" crossover, Kate Kane/Batwoman left a lasting impression. The CW issued a pilot order for the series following the positive reaction to the character, who was played by Ruby Rose. Per the series' official logline, "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."

Written by Caroline Dries and developed by Bertlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Batwoman stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott and Nicole Kang. There is currently no announced release date for the Batwoman pilot.

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