Dougray Scott Talks ‘X-Men’ and ‘Batwoman’

Dougray Scott came close to the comic book world nearly 20 years ago. He was originally cast as Wolverine in X-Men. When Mission: Impossible 2 ran over, it created a scheduling conflict and X-Men recast. The rest is Hugh Jackman’s history. Scott is finally in the comic book world in Batwoman.

Dougray Scott in Batwoman
Dougray Scott in Batwoman | Robert Falconer/The CW

Scott plays Jacob Kane, the head of Crow Security and father of Kate Kane (Ruby Rose). Kane has won the contract for Crow Security to police Gotham City, but then Batwoman shows up. He doesn’t even know that Batwoman is his own daughter Kate. Scott spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet before Batwoman’s panel for the Television Critics Association. Batwoman airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Dougray Scott never wanted to be Wolverine

Dougray Scott has no hard feelings about letting Hugh Jackman become Wolverine. He wasn’t even that keen on doing the first X-Men.

“I remember X-Men, the first time they offered me X-Men, I didn’t want to do it because I was doing M:I-2,” Scott said. “I felt I’d just done that, I don’t want to do it again straight away. Eventually they kind of I guess persuaded me to do it and then of course M:I-2 ran on so far that we couldn’t do it. It was fine.”

Dougray Scott in Batwoman
Dougray Scott in Batwoman | Sergei Bachlakov/The CW

Had M:I-2 wrapped on time, Dougray Scott would have been a very busy man, playing Wolverine through 2017’s Logan. He’s happy with the jobs he’s had though.

“I thought Hugh did a really great job and he’s a really good Wolverine,” Scott said.

Jacob Kane prefers uniforms to costumes

In Batwoman, Batman has been gone for three years. Jacob Kane seizes that opportunity to make a play for Gotham City’s security contract. Jacob was never a Batman fan anyway.

“Jacob Kane is Kate’s father and uncle of Batman,” Scott said. “In a family that are ridiculously rich, [in the] wealthy world of East Coast America, ex-military guy, commander in the army, runs the security firm the Crows, has dismissed Batman as being a dangerous vigilante. Gotham’s his town so he’s in charge of everything.”

Dougray Scott in Batwoman
Dougray Scott in Batwoman | Katie Yu/The CW

Complications arise when Batwoman flies onto the scene.

“Obviously [he] doesn’t want his daughter to get involved in that world and kind of sends her away hoping that she’ll fail in the task that he’s set,” Scott said. “Of course she doesn’t. She comes back and he has no choice but to try and welcome her into his world. She chooses her own path. The journey of the characters throughout the season is interesting.”

Dougray Scott read up on ‘Batwoman’ comics

Once cast in Batwoman, Dougray Scott read up on Jacob Kane, even though he can’t look like the artists drew Jacob..

“I read them all. You have to make something your own. The physicality, I’m quite fit but Jacob Kane is massive. He’s like a Navy SEAL guy. As I said, I’m fit but we’re not going like for like. We’re trying to do an interpretation. He’s a tough guy but I’m trying to find the light in shade. He’s a tough military guy that you try and then see the softness of him as well which you see from time to time with his relationship with his daughter. He’s a complex character. He’s tough. He’s driven to action at the drop of a hat. He can handle himself really well and he has enemies.”

Dougray Scott, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 8/4/19

Dougray Scott is shutting out critical comic book fans

Joining the cast of Batwoman taught Dougray Scott about the vocal comic book fans. Imagine if he’d ended up in X-Men!

“It’s a whole different world in terms of popularity,” Scott said. “Everyone has an opinion. I just don’t read what anyone says because I don’t think you can remain sane when you read everything that people say about your character, how they think it should be done, this and that. The bottom line is that you just try and do the best job that you can and have a good time doing it.”

Batwoman: Dougray Scott and Ruby Rose
Dougray Scott and Ruby Rose in Batwoman | Kimberley French/The CW

Don’t take it personally. Scott never read reviews of his films either.

“As a friend of mine said to me once, he said, ‘Reviews are not for you. They’re for the audience,’” Scott said. “I said, ‘Okay, then I don’t need to read them.’ He said, ‘No, you don’t.’ He was a critic and he was one of my best friends and he gave me a really good bit of advice. It was A.A. Gill. He’s passed now unfortunately.”