[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]

This is the way the internet works: someone makes a hopeful, educated guess about an ultra-popular franchise, then a handful of sites run with that guess as if it's rumored news, then the next thing you know, I'm at the comic book store, buying back issues of 'Batman: Legend of the Dark Knight.' In this specific case, it was Total Film, who jumped on the story of Tom Hardy being cast in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Christopher Nolan's third and last Batman film, and filled in the blanks from there.

Their guess (or hope) is that the film will follow 'Prey,' a five part storyline from 1990 (written by Doug Moench, with art by Paul Gulacy) that ran through issues 11-15 of 'Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.' It's an educated guess -- 'Prey' features a storyline that fits nicely with where 'The Dark Knight' left off. Batman is still fairly inexperienced, and he's on the outs with the Gotham City Police Department. Batman puts it best, "I can't go on like this, Alfred...Not against criminals and the police. I've got to find a way to make this game less draining."

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