Rotten Tomatoes gave The Dark Knight (2008) a 94% rating and Wonderwoman (2017) a 93% rating. That stuck in my craw. Wonderwoman was a very good movie, and I enjoyed watching it a lot, but as far as I'm concerned, The Dark Knight is the best movie of the 21st century. I can watch it over and over again and still enjoy it. The Dark Knight is more than 1% better. Aquaman is a very good movie. I think Aquaman is just as good a movie as Wonderwoman, maybe even slightly better. I can respect people stating the opinion opinion that says Wonderwoman was a better movie, but Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 64%. I can understand the case that Wonderwoman was better, but I cannot fathom Wonderwoman being magnitudes better. I've been avoiding critiques to avoid spoilers. Here is a critique that doesn't have any spoilers, but it's all summed up in the title which is Aquaman Was So Good It Made Me Mad. The gist of it, how do you make great movies based on Aquaman and Wonderwoman and so royally screw up Batman and Superman? I would add the Suicide Squad to the list. Sure it's not as famous, but 21st movies have a lot of anti-heroes and villain heroes. It should be a layup shot. Without going into a spoiler, there are two reasons I like Aquaman better than Wonderwoman. 1) Aquaman's villains (both the A villain and the B villain) had a lot more character development than Wonderwoman's villains did. Wonderwoman didn't even speak to her B villain. 2) Aquaman didn't have an over the top, overly lengthy exposition. I would recommend this for people who like action movies. Spoiler: Things I liked better than Wonderwoman that would be minor spoilers Aquaman and Mera had far more meaningful interaction with non-superpowered surface world humans than Wonderwoman had with non-Amazonian humans. The visuals of the undersea settings and the undersea creatures were great. I understand Wonderwoman had a more mundane setting but Wonderwoman did have some fantastical elements too and I think Aquaman did the scenery better. Aquaman had a better hero's journey than Wonderwoman. Now don't get me wrong, Wonderwoman is not Rey. Wonderwoman did have a heroe's journey, she did have weaknesses to overcome, and she did have to train to gain her powers and skills. Diana, unlike Arthur, never even consider refusing the call. I think that's an important thing to have in the hero's journey. They don't have to literally refuse the call, but they should at least have some doubts or fears. Arthur's transformation to Aquaman had a larger character transformation than Diana's transformation to Wonderwoman. I think the writers, CGI animators, and action choreographers nailed the Trenchers even though they diverged from what comic fans would consider "canon" On the whole, I would say Aquaman and Mera had better on screen chemistry than Wonderwoman and Steve Trevor. The movie was not perfect. Spoiler: Stuff I didn't like I enjoyed the scenery, but I think the costuming and CGI left something to be desired. They added something that does not exist in the comics. Only royalty can breathe air and water. The vast majority of Atlanteans cannot survive on land without some sort of reverse scuba suit. I don't mind the divergence from canon, but the reverse scuba suits looked sort of ridiculous. The underwater fight scenes were really cool. The above ground fight scenes were a little tacky, they were not on the level of awesome that was the fight scenes in Wonderwoman. The underwater hair movement affects were a little off putting. They were not on the level with the other visual effects. Spoiler: ?Controversy? I've noticed critiques that state that Aquaman violated social justice principles. They say Mera was all too willing to play a subordinate role to the big brutish patriarch that was Arthur. I think this movie was if anything displayed misandry not misogyny. A large portion of the movie had the only sitcom dynamic where you have a big dumb man always saying and doing stupid things while his sassy intellectually superior girlfriend corrects him with a patronizing eyeball roll. While I am tired of the that trope of the sitcom couple with a blundering oaf boyfriend/husband and an eyeball rolling sassy girlfrifend/wife, but I wasn't really offended by it, just bored. On the whole, the working partnership of Arthur and Mera should not really offend either social justice warriors or traditionalists unless they want to be offended. Some criticized Aquaman for not directly addressing global warming. Others think the movie is a bit too preachy for covering it at all. I think if you get people from both sides mad at you, you are in the right place. Spoiler: silly nitpick One minor source of comic relief was Mera being completely ignorant of life on land which led to some funny misunderstanding. I won't spoil the jokes, but one thing that bugged me was that Mera could play the flute. Correct me if I'm wrong but an aquatic creature with no experience of living on land should not be able to pick up a flute and immediately be able to play a lovely tune.