Sure, it adds some depth to the character(s).
I think Boyle can end up pleasing old fans and give audiences something that gives them what they want as well. King Features gave his script two thumbs up, which is hopefully a good sign.
Rogue trooper, are you on the CC forum, seeing you are a big fan? If so, what name do you go by? If not, hope to see you there (and that goes for everybody else with an interest in the Phantom, off course)!