Angela Lansbury turns 86 on Sunday. What more fitting tribute for such a grande dame of stage and screen than a team-up between her iconic television sleuth Jessica Fletcher and the Dark Knight? After all, she joined forces with the leading men of both Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon — so it’s only natural she should encounter the world’s greatest detective in her travels.
Maybe it has nothing to do with the actress’ birthday, but it’s awesome all the same. And it must be kind of like having Batman turn up at your birthday party.
It’s the work of comics illustrator and writer Dan McDaid, whose talents have appeared in Doctor Who Magazine (as fans of the monochromatic strips will recognize in the image above) as well as DC Comics. The premise of the commission by Billy “Aqualec” Tournas is that Jessica comes to Gotham and rekindles an old romance with Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, only to find herself wrapped up in a mystery only she and Batman can solve.
No doubt Jessica would tut and fuss a bit at the Batman’s propensity toward physical violence — but would she sniff out his true identity as billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne?
And the real question: Is it too late for The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan to reconsider his Catwoman casting of Anne Hathaway and bring Lansbury on board? She was quite a firecracker in her day (see: 1944’s Gaslight).