His role is to generate a villain that would sit well with the masses, rather than the small faction of die-hard fans who will ultimately buy a ticket either way. While I appreciate the disagreement, I think the way you put it does the choice no justice. The choice played on comic book fan expectations to deliver something ultimately quite amusing in its reveal. It worked for me. I think there was a good sense in making that call, though ultimately there are always other routes to, as you put it, modernise classic villains.