Jon Favreau Says Adding AC/DC To ‘Iron Man 2′ Was ‘A Big Leap’

Back in January, Marvel Entertainment announced that a special AC/DC album would be released in support of “Iron Man 2,” with several songs by the band slated to appear within the movie itself. And according to director Jon Favreau, the music of AC/DC is well suited for Tony Stark himself; leading the to the band’s appearance within the film.

“He’s Iron Man, he’s Tony Stark, he’s going to go a million miles an hour,” Favreau explained to The Los Angeles Times. “So what do you expect this film to be and how can we take it past those expectations? When I was watching AC/DC with my wife and my son and they were playing ’Shoot to Thrill’ at the Forum, I thought, ’You know this is how he should show up, right in the middle of this and take the armor off. That’s the Tony Stark version of doing things.”

“It was a big leap,” added Favreau. “It was not a cheap thing to do. Whether you’re blowing up a tank or landing in a rock concert, it’s the same thing [for a visual-effects team], once he’s moving around, he’s moving around.”

Favreau also offered his take on how the perception of AC/DC has changed over the years.

“What’s fun about them is they were the full-on real deal of heavy metal when I was in high school,” offered Favreau. “They were as real deal as it got. They made some people nervous — people questioned whether they were devil worshipers or not. And now these days they put on the same show … and there’s a sense of humor about the whole thing. And my kid loved the whole thing, and to me, there’s an almost nostalgic thing about the whole show; there’s even a strange gentleness to the music to me now, even though at the time it was as edgy as you get. It’s celebrating immaturity and youth, really, at the worst.”

The “AC/DC: Iron Man 2″ album is out in stores this week, while “Iron Man 2″ is set to land in theaters on May 7.

Which AC/DC songs do you think work best with “Iron Man 2″? Are there any other heavy metal bands that should contribute songs for the “Iron Man” films? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!