Yeah, The Wolfman had potential and I wonder what the original production plan and director would have produced. In the end, it was almost like Tim Burton’s SLEEPY HOLLOW which was an attempt to recapture the Hammer Films style for a modern audience.
The original The Wolfman actually came from the fairly dark and deep experience of the writer Siodmak as a Polish Jew escaping Nazism.
WOLF did that to a lesser extent with the idea of moving into middle age and a mid-life crisis. You’re growing less vibrant. You’re not young, fit and good looking any more, and start to question if you ever were. People treat you differently. You get angry and needlessly aggressive in situations that don’t call for it. Your body changes - hair grows in strange places.
It really is a kind of counterpoint to adolescence and Wolf does play as a reflection of the teen mutant or superhero origin… that just happens to be about office politics rather than high school drama.
Actually, that would be an interesting idea for a television series.