Jon Bernthal recently appeared in Ghost Recon Breakpoint to portray Lt. Colonel Cole D. Walker, the game's primary antagonist, but many will remember him more for his role as Frank Castle in Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix. Currently, there's no Punisher game in development, but many think The Punisher is one Marvel character who needs his own game. And Bernthal recently commented whether or not he would return to portray the character.
In a recent interview, Bernthal was asked if he would portray The Punisher if a game was to be made and the opportunity presented itself. The logical answer is seemingly a simple "yes," as many think he portrayed the Marvel character perfectly, but Bernthal's approach to it was a bit more nuanced. In response, he answered,
“You know … I don’t know. Frank Castle, he’s enormously important to me. Getting him right is enormously important to me. So, for that, I’m not really interested in whether we would do something. I’m interested in how it would be done, and I just want to sort of protect him and protect my vision for him.”
In other words, it seems to matter more to Bernthal whether it was done right than whether it was actually done. It's clear that Frank Castle was a special role to Bernthal, who has previously voiced the enormous connection he feels with military veterans who connect to The Punisher. He sums it up by stating, "for me and Frank Castle, it’s never about whether we do, it’s about whether we’d do it right."
On the prospect of a Punisher game, it's not entirely out of the question. Given the enormous popularity of the MCU, the success of Marvel's Spider-Man on the PS4, the forthcoming Marvel's Avengers game, and how Marvel and Square Enix have a multi-year, multi-project contract, this could eventually result in a new Punisher game. It's worth adding that the Punisher is part of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3's Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire DLC, but his last actual run in a full-blown video game was The Punisher: No Mercy, which was pulled in 2011.
It seems safe to say that a new Punisher game would be welcomed by many Marvel fans and fans of Frank Castle, but whether Bernthal would play the character depends on how he was treated. Hopefully, this would be the case, and Bernthal's Frank Castle could live on beyond the now-cancelled Netflix series.
There is no known Punisher game in development.