Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luthor. Al Gore has — President Donald Trump?
Every good movie needs a villain, and it appears the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “An Inconvenient Truth” will be no exception to that rule. The new trailer seems to indicate that Academy Award winner and former Vice President Al Gore will be taking plenty of shots at the new president and his dismissal of climate change studies.
The trailer, released by Paramount Pictures, sets the tone in the opening seconds with a clip from one of Donald Trump's campaign rallies. “It's supposed to be 70 degrees today, it's freezing here! Speaking of global warming, we need some global warming! It's freezing,” Trump joked to cheers from the crowd.
But the opening scene isn't the only time Trump appears in the trailer. Following a series of celebratory scenes depicting the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016, Gore explains, “Virtually every nation in the entire world agreed to get to zero greenhouse emissions. It is unprecedented.”
Suddenly, the music drops and trailer cuts to black. “It's time to put America first,” declares a familiar, booming voice.
As another clip of a Trump rally fades in, the president continues his speech. “That includes a promise to cancel billions in climate change spending,” says the president. “Our plan will end the EPA.”
In a climactic moment, Gore appears to be passionately speaking directly to the president, saying:
“The next generation would be justified in looking back at us and asking, 'What were you thinking? Couldn't you hear what the scientists were saying? What Mother Nature was screaming at you?'”
One of the most striking moments of the new trailer depicts Gore justifying a controversial instance from the original 2006 documentary:
“The most criticized scene in the movie 'An Inconvenient Truth' was showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would flood the 9/11 memorial site and people said 'What a terrible exaggeration.'”
The trailer then cuts to dramatic news footage from Hurricane Sandy, where Gore's bold prediction had come true. “Watch the water splash off the city. This is global warming,” asserts Gore.
In a final, not-so-subtle dig at Trump, the trailer was posted to YouTube the very same day the president signed an executive order that would instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of rolling back some of President Obama's environmental regulations.
In a statement, Gore dismissed the move and gave a message vowing to defend the environment in the wake of the decision by President Trump:
"No matter how discouraging this executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.”
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is scheduled to hit theaters across the country July 28. With Gore taking aim directly at President Trump, it seems unlikely that it will make it to the movie theater in the White House.